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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 Biblical Hermeneutics (another 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 make Jews feel welcome by reining in the Christian evangelism. That's at best distasteful. Proceed with caution, and ideally consult your rabbi first. (More info on our meta.)


6h
comment What's special about where the unique karne farah trope appears?
...and I didn't find it before asking, oops. (I don't think it's a dupe, but it is very similar.)
10h
comment Beis Din observing a female convert's immersion in the Mikvah
Where I live, the mikvah lady watches and reports to the rabbis standing just outside the door (open, but they don't have line of sight).
10h
comment May a surgeon who needs to do surgery on Shabbat correct the time on his watch?
Why wouldn't he, instead, either (a) borrow a watch from somebody else or (b) proceed immediately to the hospital after shul to make sure he's not late? And how often is life-saving surgery scheduled far-enough in advance for this to come up, for that matter?
1d
comment Is using a Kindle on Shabbat permitted?
Neither did incandescent light bulbs, and yet it's forbidden to turn them on.
1d
comment Sin Offerings — what did you do after sin, before you got to the temple?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/15440/472
1d
comment Why was Batsheva bathing on the roof
@not-allowedtochangemyname if you're having a problem with your account, please use the "contact us" link at the bottom of the page to request help. That goes to SE staff, not mods (mods can't fix account problems). They should be able to help you get your original account back (and merge this one into that one), if you can prove to them that you're the owner of the other one.
2d
comment backroom, minyan and shul
I'm confused by #1 -- why would you be yotzei if you aren't with a minyan? Is there some reason to believe that "in the same building" or "in the room next door" might be good enough? If so, your question would be stronger if you were to edit that in. Thanks.
2d
comment Unclean — Consequences
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/10976/472
Jul
16
comment Can you put a mezuzah on someone else's home without permission?
Also, consider darchei shalom if you think the owner would object (e.g. he's an apikorus who thinks you're trying to preach at him; your desire to bring him around wouldn't automatically trump his objections).
Jul
15
comment Would Moshe have lived longer if he had delayed fighting Midyan?
Yes, I think it is much to Moshe's credit that, despite knowing that his death would follow the war, he hastened to do it anyway. That he then got some extra time to tie up loose ends is a bonus he couldn't have known about in advance. (Well I suppose he could have, but I've never heard anybody make the claim, for what that's worth.)
Jul
15
comment HafTarah and Novi
Where did you learn these are preferable? Have you seen people takie care to do it that way? This (& many of your questions) asserts things as true & then asks for a source, but we don't have any basis for the assertions being true right now. I could ask "it is preferable to put a napkin on one's head before lighting candles; source?" because that's how I saw someone cover her hair when I was a kid, but that doesn't make napkins preferred (and for that matter doesn't even make hair-covering at home preferred -- it's just one observation). Please show us why you ask, & don't assume/assert, ok?
Jul
15
comment Arabs recognise Hashems watchfull hand over Klal Yisroel
A source that some Arab said that, or a source he might be drawing on for his claim about Hashem? The first seems off-topic (a question about current events).
Jul
14
comment Taking home left-overs from a caterered affair - mitzvah or stealing?
At the catered affairs that I've helped to organize, the caterer always asked toward the end of the meal what we wanted to do with the leftovers, for what that's worth. (In other words, at least in my experience, there was never a presumption that the people who paid for the food had relinquished ownership.)
Jul
14
comment Can a non-fasting person be a shaliach tzibur, ba'al kri'ah, or receive an aliyah on a fast day if he is the only qualified person to do the job?
The Kohein/Levi case is probably different, because you aren't required to have those -- if none are present you give the aliyot to Yisraelim. But you can't have a service or read torah without somebody competent to do those jobs.
Jul
13
comment Berachah and Aliyah
@Matt ideally user6633 would say where he has seen this practice (or been told it's done), and if there is variation among communities answers could address that. If it turns out he's only asking why Ashkenazim (say) do this, there's no reason to require that answers address Teimanim too (though doing so is a bonus).
Jul
13
comment Berachah and Aliyah
I hadn't heard that the aliyah shouldn't be looking at the sefer torah. Is this (near-)universal practice (Ashkenazi, Sefardi, Teimani, Mizrachi, Chabad, ...)? It might help to say where you've observed this.
Jul
10
comment Tattling on fellow Mi Yodeyans
What do you mean by "lavid mich" and "taruvo toeem"? And are moderators special? The question asks about anybody, not just mods, so an answer needs to address what was asked.
Jul
10
comment How old was Pharaoh relative to Moses?
@armoose SH'mot 2:23 says explicitly that the pharaoh died (and God heard the Israelites' cries, and soon thereafter we have the burning bush). Whether the pharaoh of Yosef's time is the same one as in Moshe's youth is a separate question; maybe that's controversial, but it doesn't seem to be tied to your question, which asks about two points in Moshe's life (right?).
Jul
9
comment How old was Pharaoh relative to Moses?
The pharaoh he grew up with is not the one he had the showdown with. Which are you asking about?
Jul
4
comment Is pharisaical - or any similar allusion to the Pharisees - offensive to modern Jews?
Also, (at least some of) Christianity teaches that the Pharisees were utterly corrupt -- sham court, using Rome to do their dirty work, other violations of the law, etc. That's pretty offensive, tainting the name/reputation/history with lies like that. Since the majority (at least in the English-speaking world) have been taught those claims as truth, the term has unfortunately become damaged.