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I'm an elected moderator on Mi Yodeya and The Workplace, and a pro-tempore mod on Writers and Worldbuilding. Professionally, I'm a technical writer who works with (and often helps design) programming interfaces. I'd love to see more tech-writing questions on Writers.SE.

I joined Stack Exchange so I could commit to the proposal for Mi Yodeya. I ask lots of questions to learn from the many knowledgeable Yodeyans. My answers tend to be mostly to practical "Jewish life" questions.

Please check out Mi Yodeya's publications with Q&A drawn from our site -- a haggadah supplement for Pesach, a Purim collection, and eight nights of Q&A for Chanukah.

Stack Exchange has many great sites. However, I recommend strongly that Jews avoid Biblical Hermeneutics or, at the very least, consult your rabbi first.


Jun
4
asked What do you do if you realize your talit is damaged after donning it?
Jun
3
revised Compendiums of Biblical commentary?
there are better ways to solve the number-mismatch problem...
Jun
3
comment Compendiums of Biblical commentary?
Maroon, welcome to Mi Yodeya! Your questions are welcome here, regardless of whether they would also be welcome somewhere else. Many biblical-study sites, including the one you mentioned, are overwhelmingly Christian, so it's good to seek out Jewish communities if that's the perspective you're looking for.
Jun
3
answered Compendiums of Biblical commentary?
Jun
2
comment Mi Yodeya and Teaching Non-Jews
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May
29
comment Why is it allowed to become a Nazir
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/28862/472
May
28
comment What is the traditional/common Haredi “non-Hasidic” response to using the “Three Oaths” as an anti-Zionist argument?
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May
28
comment Is the Hebrew vocabulary used in the Tanakh/(other recognized Hebrew books) the same as the what is considered Hebrew today?
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May
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comment Is the Hebrew vocabulary used in the Tanakh/(other recognized Hebrew books) the same as the what is considered Hebrew today?
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May
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comment Is the Hebrew vocabulary used in the Tanakh/(other recognized Hebrew books) the same as the what is considered Hebrew today?
@Hugh I'm about to move these comments to chat. You should be able to chat there now; if not, please leave a comment in reply to me and I'll look into it.
May
28
revised Is it permissible to learn out loud while the tzibbur is davening?
edited tags
May
28
comment Is it permitted for a male to have a female therapist?
One could ask the same question (in reverse) about a rabbi: is a woman allowed to have ongoing private conversations, that can involve deeply personal topics, with her rabbi? I assume so, but is that a concession because she can't just seek out a female rabbi instead, or is it de-facto not a problem?
May
26
revised Is it wrong to ask for financial help after a personal loss?
clarified title; could use some more tagging help
May
26
revised How will we know the moshiach when he arrives?
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May
26
comment How will we know the moshiach when he arrives?
@DoubleAA vague as it is, I've added what I know about that to the question.
May
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revised How will we know the moshiach when he arrives?
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May
26
comment How will we know the moshiach when he arrives?
Neither of us remembered where we've learned that, unfortunately. I've heard it repeated often enough that I assumed it wasn't controversial. (Isn't this why we sing Eliyahu HaNavi after havdalah, for example -- we're hoping he's coming right now with this news?) I could put this into the question if you like; it feels vague enough that I hesitated to do so.
May
26
asked How will we know the moshiach when he arrives?
May
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comment What are the philosophical implications behind g'zerah shavah?
Welcome to Mi Yodeya. Can you say more about what, of all the rules of exegesis, especially troubles you about g'zerah shavah? Thanks. Also, your last question, about why there is no Christian or Islamic midrash, is something we can't answer here, so you might want to remove that. (I also don't know if it's accurate.)
May
22
comment Origin of Reform/Conservative “scarf” talleisim
FWIW, my husband inherited a small talit like this from his (eastern-European) Orthodox grandfather, who never had anything to do with the Reform or Conservative movements or, chas v'shalom, Christianity. My husband doesn't know its history, beyond that his grandfather used it his entire life (it wasn't just for a small bar-mitzvah child, in other words).