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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.

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Mar
7
awarded  Announcer
Mar
6
comment Is the “Special K” a reliable hechsher?
"Great" isn't the same as kosher. I'm having trouble seeing how this answers the question.
Mar
5
comment Burying face down in Judaism
havarka, we're trying to provide knowledge here, not just pointers to knowledge. Citations are important to back up what we say, but "just go look in SA" doesn't help the person who asked the question. Either he could have done that himself (so what does saying that add?) or he can't (in which case that doesn't help him).
Mar
3
comment Is the “Special K” a reliable hechsher?
Ah, thanks for the practical advice. I've seen people running around at my grocery store sometimes, but I never knew who they were or that they could be flagged down. I'll have to try that.
Mar
3
comment Is the “Special K” a reliable hechsher?
How does that work -- does he meet me at the checkout line, or use the data tracking in the store's affinity card to visit my house later, or what?
Mar
2
comment Does one make a Bracha when seeing the Pope?
Historically the church certainly carried out executions (inquisition trials, witch trials, etc), and sponsored or condoned widespread killing (crusades). Whether it has these powers under its religious law nowadays I don't know, but if they could justify such actions in the past and they claim their law is from God (and, presumably, therefore not flawed), it seems reasonable to assume their law still supports this. Also there's "papal inerrancy" [sic].
Mar
2
revised What are respectful ways to depict a vision involving Hashem in fiction?
edited tags
Mar
1
comment Elohim plural singular
Oh drat, I just realized that not only have we had this question before but I answered it before. Sorry about that! (In case you're wondering, my very-similar answers came from a common source.)
Mar
1
answered Adam masculine and feminine?
Mar
1
revised Winged sun symbol on Hezekiah coins
edited tags
Feb
27
comment Perl Programming in the Torah
Jon deal, and agreed! (I'll admit that my attachment to Lisp is largely sentimental, but still...) Oh, and I did upvote. :-)
Feb
27
comment Elohim plural singular
You have at least three questions here: one about the plural (which appears to be a duplicate), one about the specific case of "we" in the creation of Adam, and one about Adam being created "male and female". I'm putting this on hold for now; I suggest you edit this to focus on either the "let us make" part (if not covered by the duplicate) or "male and female he created them", and then ask the other separately if you like. Thanks.
Feb
27
comment Knowledge of 12 tribes
Please don't post additional copies of the same question. You can edit your original question by clicking on the "edit" link under it. Thanks, and welcome to Mi Yodeya.
Feb
26
comment Perl Programming in the Torah
Nice, but I don't know if I can upvote an answer that disses LISP. :-)
Feb
26
comment Why were the baraitot excluded from the mishnayot?
Were they all known but excluded, or were some of them not known when the mishna was compiled (but we known by others and found their way into the g'mara)? The question assumes the former; do we know that?
Feb
24
comment Examples of considerations when bringing gifts to religious Jews
@SAH I like what you're trying to ask but worry that a comprehensive list for all occasions is very broad. Maybe narrow this to one broad category, and feel free to ask others separately? By "category" mean, for example, Shabbat host(ess) gifts, or bar/bat-mitzvah gifts, or wedding gifts.
Feb
23
comment Shoveling snow on Shabbos
Could you summarize them?
Feb
23
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
23
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
22
comment What should a conversion candidate expect in a Reform three-judge rabbinic court (Bet Din)?
Followup question: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/55453/472