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

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?


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comment Men: how do you control your reactions to women in immodest dress if you can't avoid them?
@phresnel I'm confused; I don't see any posts from you here and can't work out what your complaint is. We take concerns about mod abuse very seriously here; please bring this up on Mi Yodeya Meta, explaining what you think the issue is with "immodest" and, if you think it relevant, linking to the post I edited. I'd like to be able to sort out this confusion. Thank you.
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comment Men: how do you control your reactions to women in immodest dress if you can't avoid them?
I don't know if the discomfort that one feels from others' dress automatically reaches the level of sexual desire, though the questions are related. When I see other women dressed very scantily what I feel is more akin to embarrassment, for instance; it's unpleasant and distracting but I'm in no way attracted. As a woman I'm not in the best position to know what the range of reactions that men have is.
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comment How to check blood sugar on Shabbos
Oh, the strip is a container rather than being absorbent? I didn't know that. Is it worth mentioning that in your last paragraph, or is that something that would be obvious to anybody for whom this is a practical matter?
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comment Having guests for a Friday mid-day or afternoon meal?
Plans for Yom Hodu sheni? :-)
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comment How to check blood sugar on Shabbos
I wonder if putting the drop of blood on the strip like normal is dyeing, and if so whether letting it drip onto the strip from above would (a) act as a sort of shinui and (b) be ok medically.
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comment Teshuva and non-Jews?
Also, are you confusing what God will forgive them for with what I asked, which is whether I have implicitly forgiven them with the Yom Kippur declaration?
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comment Challah Friday Night
Oh, right -- the text does say they gathered it in the morning.
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comment Challah Friday Night
But wouldn't they have already eaten Friday's manna by the time of the Shabbat evening meal? Still, a nice interpretation.
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comment Are non-Orthodox marriages recognized by Orthodox rabbis?
the "L" is already covered by "Y". Just being efficient. :-)
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comment Are non-Orthodox marriages recognized by Orthodox rabbis?
My Reform rabbi warned my husband and me against a double-ring ceremony for just that reason. (We hadn't intended to do that anyway, though.) Another thing along these lines that could pose problems (CYR) is if they buy the wedding ring out of shared funds, so he's not (fully) giving it to her. In these days of joint bank accounts, often established before the wedding, that's something to be careful about.
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comment In what case can a wine made from the “Fruit of the Vine” be kosher but not acceptable for kiddush?
What wine isn't 100% vegetarian? Are we just talking about equipment here, or ingredients?
Nov
21
comment Does demolition of terrorists' homes have any basis in Judaism?
Moderator note: The question asks about the halacha on a hot-button topic. This site is not a discussion forum. Please take discussion and opinions about the ethics, morals, and politics of the situation to Mi Yodeya Chat so we can keep the main site focused on the topic at hand. Thank you.
Nov
21
comment Program for making/designing the Vilna daf (Hebrew typesetting program)
If you want to ask on Software Recommendations (Shmuel's link just above this comment), you'll need to expand on the question to explain what you're trying to do and what you've already tried. See their Help Center. You apparently need at least two things: the ability to typeset Hebrew and the ability to do the unusual layout of the Vilna daf, including non-rectangular blocks of text. In its present form this question could not be migrated there, so you're better off just asking a new question there if you want.
Nov
18
comment Why create lust?
@DoubleAA it is, but I think adding the quote is helpful.
Nov
18
comment What's the source for the Challah lasting all week in Sarah's tent?
@EHS much better, thanks! I'm going to clean up these comments now.
Nov
18
comment Why does Rashi say “I don't know”?
I don't follow. Could you expand on that with an edit? Thanks.
Nov
16
comment Asking a shaila where disclosure of classified information might be necessary
@Scimonster yes, you're right -- that was a bad edit on my part.
Nov
11
comment Is Jewish -Islamic system intermingling allowed in Judaism?
I don't see what Reform Judaism has to do with this. Narnia, you also tagged the question with that and I removed it.
Nov
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comment Is Jewish -Islamic system intermingling allowed in Judaism?
You can have the accounts merged so you'll have all your posts in one place. Use the "contact us" link at the bottom of the page, include the links to both profiles, and explain what happened.
Nov
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comment Is Jewish -Islamic system intermingling allowed in Judaism?
Ok thanks for the clarification. How do you see someone being able to simultaneously practice Islam and Judaism when they have some conflicting commandments?