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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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comment Why was Akeidas Yitzchok a bigger test (Nisayon) for Avraham than for Yitzchok?
We'd like to include this post in our HHD publication. Would you be able to add translations of the Hebrew passages you quoted, for broader accessibility? Thanks.
7h
comment Why was Akeidas Yitzchok a bigger test (Nisayon) for Avraham than for Yitzchok?
We'd like to include this post in our HHD publication. Would you be able to add a translation of the Hebrew passage you quoted, for broader accessibility? Thanks.
Jul
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comment How does the talmud know that the mashiach's name was known before creation?
@Fred good point; these are extra-talmudic sources. If you find an explanation that applies to the talmud and you have time, I'll be interested in seeing an answer. Thanks!
Jul
2
comment How does the talmud know that the mashiach's name was known before creation?
@Fred oh, interesting! I hadn't yet seen a commentary that views the whole psalm that way. Feel like turning that into an answer? (I would find English translation of the key parts helpful.)
Jul
2
comment How does the talmud know that the mashiach's name was known before creation?
I don't know if the agada tag is appropriate, but there are others here who know our tag set better than I do.
Jul
2
comment Is there any way a pious jewish man can have many women legally and halacally?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/13984/472
Jul
2
comment Why must a Yoledet, a woman who just gave birth, bring a sin offering?
@Daniel I don't know (and don't know the source you're bringing, so can't go look). Sounds like a new question; you could ask.
Jul
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comment Zera levatala - source of issur from Torah
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Jul
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comment Is rape considered yehareig v'al yaavor?
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Jun
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comment Is trying to get out of jury duty permitted halachically?
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Jun
28
comment Can I sell a dollar from the rebbe that was given to someone else?
@Yishai it might be, though maybe now somebody can make another edit to address that.
Jun
26
comment Can a woman convert to Judaism to marry Kohen due to the concept of sfeik sfeika?
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Jun
26
comment What's the source that worldwide acceptance of psak makes it binding forever?
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Jun
24
comment Can anybody read from the torah or prophets in a synagogue?
shakAttack, welcome to Mi Yodeya. I've made some edits to your question; when we talk about reading torah during a synagogue service we mean the five books of Moshe (the chumash), but the passage you cite is about prophets so I clarified that. I also removed the part of the question that asks what modern practice is; putting all that in one question makes it a little too broad (feel free to ask separately if we don't already have the question). So I made this one focus on historical practice in the context of your source. Feel free to edit further if I've misunderstood anything. Thanks.
Jun
23
comment Is Rambam's opinion about Nidda and Zava cycle rejected?
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Jun
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comment How do you handle possible Shabbat issues when receiving a jury summons?
@MichaelKatz one can get out of jury duty, but it's not clear one should. (In fact, I wonder if halacha would even permit it. I may ask that separately.) My question is more about the case where you want to preserve the option to be on the jury.
Jun
22
comment Why was the law about Para Aduma given in Mara?
@cham1, if the system is limiting the number of questions you can ask, that does not justify violating the site's guidelines in response. People will still be interested in these topics when you can ask more questions later. In the meantime, if you want this to be reopened, pick one of these questions to ask.
Jun
21
comment Chabad Inyan regarding the universality of the Lubavitcher Rebbe
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Jun
21
comment How to return to Judaism if my family ancestors left it before my birth?
@DoubleAA good call. I'll leave a comment there and ask him to generalize it; I'll also edit the OP's location back into the question (though I'm a little concerned about that). Anybody reading this who wants to discuss, object, or propose another resolution, please bring up on meta.
Jun
18
comment How to return to Judaism if my family ancestors left it before my birth?
You don't need to use chat if you don't want to, but that doesn't mean you can use comments for chatting. Chat needn't be synchronous, by the way -- the room is durable, so if you and the person you're chatting with can't both be there at the same time because of work or timezones or whatever, that's fine.