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I'm an elected moderator on Mi Yodeya and The Workplace, and a pro-tempore mod on Writers.

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 to practical "Jewish life" questions.

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.

If you are a Jew and considering participating on the Biblical Hermeneutics SE site, I urge you to consider these words from someone who went down that path. They want Jews to help out on their site, but they don't want to rein in the Christian evangelism so we'll feel welcome. That's at best distasteful. Proceed with caution, and ideally consult your rabbi first. (More info on our meta.) See also: Working with idolaters, infidels, and the impious: can interfaith discourse work?


Aug
13
comment What's the point of an oath?
Related (on "why oaths", not about cancellation): judaism.stackexchange.com/q/28862/472
Aug
13
comment Logistics of starting Shabbat early?
Oh right; I hadn't even thought about lighting candles at home if you go straight from work to shul. That's pretty important, so I guess the people who do that have someone else at home to light.
Aug
13
comment Logistics of starting Shabbat early?
So you program the lights/AC/etc before leaving Friday morning, for instance? If you go straight to shul from work (assuming you can park until motzei shabbat), how does your hot food for Friday night get hot -- crock pot running during the day?
Aug
13
revised Plans for an all-wood sukkah
addressed question in comment
Aug
13
comment Plans for an all-wood sukkah
I believe those are the only ones that are optional, yes. I'll update the answer to include this information. (Alas, the civil engineer who drew up these plans is no longer available to ask.)
Aug
13
comment Plans for an all-wood sukkah
Yes, those are purely decorative.
Aug
13
asked Logistics of starting Shabbat early?
Aug
13
answered Plans for an all-wood sukkah
Aug
13
comment How do non-literalist Jews interpret the “year zero” in the Hebrew calendar?
@Yishai it seems like a "Jewish life" and/or history question to me, and that seems on-topic.
Aug
12
comment Adhere to torah making one a jew?
@eliyah I've added the name you gave in a comment to the question. If you remember other sources please edit them in. Thanks.
Aug
12
revised Adhere to torah making one a jew?
added specific source (from comment)
Aug
11
comment Why don't more orthodox Jews homeschool?
@DoubleAA "are there halachic reasons?" and "has any research been done?" doesn't sound opinion-based. However, answers that don't address that, instead offering personal opinions, don't answer the question and should be removed.
Aug
11
awarded  Nice Question
Aug
10
awarded  Popular Question
Jul
31
revised Were there cockroaches on the ark?
made title clearer, retagged
Jul
31
comment Why are large Jewish communities not picking up and moving to Israel?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/11071/472
Jul
31
comment Why should I want Moshiach to come?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/26908/472
Jul
30
comment Is there an aversion to having Gentiles in the synagoge and why?
Hi Bruce. Off-topic, but you pinged me in a comment elsewhere and instead of responding there I thought I'd see if you'd like to chat briefly. Either way, please flag this comment as obsolete once you've seen it.
Jul
29
accepted In a mixed marriage, is a Jewish woman liable for kareit if they have relations while she's niddah?
Jul
29
awarded  Nice Answer