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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 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.
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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
10
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
10
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?
Nov
10
comment Is Jewish -Islamic system intermingling allowed in Judaism?
Are you the same user as this other narnia?
Nov
10
comment Is Jewish -Islamic system intermingling allowed in Judaism?
Is your question "Is Islam a valid form of Judaism?"?
Nov
10
comment Can Jews join Muslims in prayers, saying Jewish prayers alongside the Muslims saying Muslim prayers?
I suspect (like Isaac) that the presence of the chart of dubious origin is harming this question. It's not necessary if what you want to know is just "can Jews pray alongside Muslims", so I suggest you edit that out and just ask your question (you can say you've heard the prayers are similar). The question is IMO no longer off-topic as comparative religion, but it is still a weak question (see previous comments) and I therefore won't mod-open it.
Nov
10
comment Can Jews join Muslims in prayers, saying Jewish prayers alongside the Muslims saying Muslim prayers?
From the linked site it appears that the cited rabbi is promoting Islam. Whether he received s'micha and then strayed or did not and is using the title nonetheless, I can't tell.
Nov
9
comment Can Jews join Muslims in prayers, saying Jewish prayers alongside the Muslims saying Muslim prayers?
@Narnia the edits put this into the review queue for reopening. We generally want the community to make these decisions, rather than moderators acting unilaterally. I'll point it out in the site's chat room for people to take a look.
Nov
9
comment Are the animals killed for tefillin killed humanely?
@msh210 that's a good point, and now that you point it out I agree that that wouldn't be a dupe.
Nov
7
comment Can Jews join Muslims in prayers, saying Jewish prayers alongside the Muslims saying Muslim prayers?
@Narnia thanks for the update. When you say "with their own prayer format", to whom does "their" refer? Do you mean: can Jews pray the Jewish prayers alongside Muslims who are praying Islamic prayers? Or do you mean: can Jews say the Muslim prayers because they (are claimed to) follow the same format as ours?
Nov
7
comment Apple Watch on Shabbat
This may be easier to answer if you could briefly describe the key functional aspects of the watch. For example, does it have a display that turns off when not in use (like a smartphone) and, if so, how is it activated? Does it respond to its environment (being moved, etc), like a motion-sensor light? What functions are available without human intervention (e.g. can it be set to display the time continuously)?
Nov
7
comment Are the animals killed for tefillin killed humanely?
We can't judge "humane" as that's not an objective standard, but if you were to edit this to ask instead how the cows are killed, that would be answerable and then you could evaluate the humanity of that yourself. (Edit: but, I later discovered, it would be a duplicate. I've reclosed this as a dupe.)
Nov
6
comment Can Jews join Muslims in prayers, saying Jewish prayers alongside the Muslims saying Muslim prayers?
@Yitzchak something like that has been asked: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/26328/472
Nov
5
comment Lot's Daughters
19:31 seems clear enough. Why is this a question? (There may be other reasons, of course, but it's not as if the text is silent on the subject.)