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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?


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comment According to Jewish sources: which language came first, Hebrew or Aramaic?
@DoubleAA, echad: I made a further edit to clarify that you're looking for Jewish sources (text or otherwise), to avoid invalidating the existing answer, and reopened.
Aug
17
comment What should a Jew do if encountered by ISIS?
I can imagine that the requirement to refuse conversion could be stronger in Israel, where -- in addition to the usual factors -- there's the very public presumption that Israelis are Jews so there's potentially a bigger "PR" aspect (for the nations, I mean). So while the answer might be the same as in the diaspora (chutz la'aretz), I think a more-specific question here is valid.
Aug
15
comment Doctors working on Shabbat
@Bachrach44 instead of arguing in comments (which is not what comments are for), how about offering your own answer to this question?
Aug
15
comment Is this true that Elijah and Elisha didn't perform any miracle to help Jews?
You seemed to be asking one thing in the title and another in the body. I've made an edit to bring them together.
Aug
15
comment Partnership Minyan?
@DoubleAA good edit, particularly the part about what's ubiquitous vs not. (It feels like there are enough of these now that there should be commonalities.)
Aug
15
comment Partnership Minyan?
@DoubleAA I don't know how much commonality there is among such minyanim, but it sounds like there's an organization (not each one for itself) so there might be norms. The "such as" in their definition raises an obvious question -- if that's not an exclusive list, then what else do they do?
Aug
15
comment Partnership Minyan?
Noach, I suggest dropping the part about Chazal and Rishonim. It's possible that that's causing the downvotes, and it doesn't really help your question. What do partnership minyanim permit is IMO a perfectly valid question for this site.
Aug
14
comment How to say “unicorn” in Ladino?
Welcome to Mi Yodeya. I'm afraid that translation questions are off-topic unless specifically related to Judaism somehow. But you might try dropping into Mi Yodeya Chat and asking, either here or maybe over at the Linguistics site. Good luck, and I hope to see you around the site.
Aug
13
comment Logistics of starting Shabbat early?
Ha -- this question arose from a synagogue opting for an earlier time and not being willing to reconsider. (And then, in looking around at likely alternatives, finding that most of them do early services in the summer too.)
Aug
13
comment Logistics of starting Shabbat early?
@rosenjcb maybe, but since men have a greater obligation in minyan and some have to do their own Shabbat prep too, I want to see how they solve the problem.
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
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
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
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.
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