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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.

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comment Why can't we distribute mitzvah obligations around the community?
A lot of these are addressed in second-person plural, so that's probably a factor.
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comment How do you pay a debt (not a loan) in a different currency?
@MichaBerger thanks for the comment, and also for teaching me a new term (I'd not heard "fiat money" before). Also, hi! It's been a while!
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comment 'Removal of the evil inclination is like removal of the soul'
Welcome to Mi Yodeya. What does it say? We're looking for answers, rather than pointers to answers, so could you edit in a short summary? Thanks.
Aug
28
comment Swimming on Shabbos
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Aug
26
comment How do you pay a debt (not a loan) in a different currency?
@Epicentre I don't know enough about ribbit to know if it's broader than loans, hence the question.
Aug
26
comment Was stoning practiced in 30-32 CE?
@WadCheber the focus on Mi Yodeya is Judaism rather than debunking Christian myths, so the part about this not even being a credible account is something I would treat as a footnote. Answers should focus on the three questions called out at the end and treat the quoted passage as motivation for the question. If you've got something to add on those points please feel free to add an answer. Meanwhile, your comment points out the problem with the passage.
Aug
23
comment Can אֲדֹנָי refer to a person or just to God?
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Aug
23
comment Shofar from ibex horn?
@Rish oops, thanks. Yes, you correctly inferred what I meant to type. And once you've made a mistake once it seems to be even easier to make it again. :-)
Aug
21
comment Is Hanukkah a holiday or a festival? Is there a difference?
It might be worth talking about the word chag, which is usually (in my experience) translated as "festival".
Aug
20
comment Is it acceptable to make someone feel uncomfortable because they have inadvertently done something that you consider undesirable?
@JMFB there was quite a bit of activity on this question (edits, now-deleted comments, closure and reopening), which you might have missed. The core question is about the men's reaction, not abut kol isha itself (which is covered on another question). I've made an edit to focus this more, and I encourage you to add the sources you mention in your last paragraph, which would strengthen this answer. Thanks.
Aug
20
comment Is it acceptable to make someone feel uncomfortable because they have inadvertently done something that you consider undesirable?
Wad, thank you for the edits to the question. I've made a few further tweaks to make it clear that your question is about how the men responded, and not really about the halachic status of the singing (which I believe you've asked about in a separate question now). After editing I cast the fifth reopen vote. Unfortunately, most of the answer below is about kol isha (hearing women's voices), not about your question, so that answer is in need of an edit.
Aug
19
comment Can אֲדֹנָי refer to a person or just to God?
Welcome to Mi Yodeya. I've made an edit to clarify the question, though I didn't know what to do with your Strong's link. (That seems to contain the answer -- there are two meanings.) If I've misunderstood please do edit further. Thanks.
Aug
19
comment Audio or video lectures of Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan zt"l
Welcome to Mi Yodeya. Could you edit this to add a little bit about what the video is? A lecture title, for example? Thanks.
Aug
19
comment Adam's physical maturity when created
I thought we'd had this question before but I can't find it.
Aug
19
comment What is the best English translation of the Tanakh (hard copy, not online)?
@JJLL I'd be skeptical of any derivative of the King James translation. AFAIK it propagates the Is.7:14 error as well as the kill/murder error in the "ten commandments" (scare quotes because there are certainly a lot more than ten, but that's the name non-Jews will know). So I have to assume there are a lot more errors than just those.
Aug
19
comment Does Jewish scripture show a preference between non-belief or erroneous belief?
AS JJLL said, Judaism doesn't actually maintain that it is best for everyone to be Jewish. Judaism does expect Jews to follow Jewish law and tradition, but for everybody else, it is enough to follow the seven laws of Noah, which include a prohibition on idolatry. I'm guessing you didn't know about that and would rather not base a question on a faulty premise, so I'm going to make an edit -- but if you have any objection to that edit or I've misunderstood your intent, please roll back or make another edit.
Aug
19
comment What constitutes a name of G-d?
Thank you for your care in asking your question. This seems to ask the same question as another so I've marked it as a duplicate. The answers there aren't very thorough so far, but maybe this question will bring some new attention to it. You might also want to check out the questions on the shemos-sacred-names tag; you'll find references to several of the main ones by browsing that.
Aug
18
comment What was the status of the Pharisees, and their relationship with the Temple authorities in the early first century?
Hey all, let's move this discussion to chat.
Aug
17
comment How did the Jewish people understand and make sense of the destruction of the Second Temple?
Yirmiyahu (Jeremiah) and Eicha (Lamentations) provide one window into that.
Aug
16
comment How to become observant Jew?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/12786/…, judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/52761/…, judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/60394/… -- perhaps this is a duplicate of one of those?