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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 When did people living for 900 years start to look old?
@Danno ah, that makes sense -- if aging is "on the way to death" then blindness would be orthogonal.
21h
comment Is there really evidence that the Rabbis changed the day's beginning from sunrise to sunset?
@shmuley, you might want to recast this as "is this true and if so how do we know?", rather than taking it as a given that they're right. That might address the downvoters and close-voters.
21h
comment When did people living for 900 years start to look old?
@BabySeal I was actually thinking of Yitzchak, who was going blind during the stolen-b'racha incident.
22h
comment When did people living for 900 years start to look old?
I remember learning that Yitzchak was the first to get sick, as opposed to being in full health at the time of death. I wouldn't be surprised if "full health" also meant no obvious signs of aging, but that's just a guess.
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comment Das Torah regarding taking notes during Shiurim
Comments deleted. Please take long discussions to chat. Further, when it becomes apparent that there is a serious disagreement or misunderstanding brewing, please try to take a step back and ask how you might best proceed. I find that asking for clarification, rather than reacting negatively to what I assume the other meant, works better. I know this is hard and we all miss the mark sometimes, but let's try, ok? Thank you all.
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comment Birthday Card on Shabbat
Further information should be edited into the answer. Since that page is just a list, and since we know that some things not explicitly on that list are melacha (e.g. driving), you'll need to draw the connection between your link and your claim.
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comment Birthday Card on Shabbat
That's not how it works. We don't say "prove it's not a problem or it's automatically not" with halacha; we explore the issue and look for sources. I am well aware of the 39 avot melachot, but do not claim to know that they exclude (or include) gift-giving -- that's part of the question here, and you are merely asserting that gifts are ok, while the asker seems to understand that it might not be.
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comment Birthday Card on Shabbat
This answer would be improved with a source for your first sentence.
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comment We're not supposed to point at stars?
I think both parts are on-topic (though they could also be two separate questions). Assuming there is in fact a strong custom to not do this, asking about ways to mitigate it sounds like a "Jewish life" question to me.
Oct
21
comment Having a girlfriend
Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat.
Oct
19
comment How to go about finding a personal Rav
Was your previous rabbi (before you made aliyah) not able to help you connect with somebody?
Oct
19
comment Does wa tawrat in Jeremiah 8:8 means torah, namely the 5 books or Moshe?
It would help if you could quote the claim about corruption -- though note that from the URL alone your source is already highly suspect. It would also help if you could quote the text in Jeremiah that you're asking about; "tawrat" is not a transliteration I recognize, so I can't quite tell what you're asking about. (Do you mean "torat", which would be the first part of a two-word phrase?)
Oct
15
comment Insulting by Christianity
Are you asking if Judaism considers it insulting that Christianity claims that the torah, written by God, is wrong about what God wants? I think I must be misunderstanding, as that formulation of it has a clear answer. Could you clarify (with an edit)?
Oct
15
comment Is Christianity Avodah Zara?
And we know the definition of avodah zarah hinges on the "person/human form" thing from...where? I mean, I'd like this to be true, but you haven't supported it at all and you're just some anonymous dude on the Internet, so we won't know if you don't tell us.
Oct
14
comment How can I identify which dates Jewish holidays/special days fall on?
I just (independently) found that list for a coworker today!
Oct
13
comment How can we get people to stop talking (much, loudly) during minyan?
@BabySeal your comment about this generation made me chuckle; while your observation is certainly correct, our "problem guy" is about 80. (And I somehow missed this comment when you posted it.)
Oct
12
comment Was Adam Jewish?
Welcome to Mi Yodeya. Being Jewish isn't just about beliefs; somebody could believe exactly the same things about God and Torah as Jews do and not be Jewish. Do you mean to ask specifically about the differences in their beliefs, or how beliefs relate to Jewishness, or whether direct communication with God is limited to Jews?
Oct
7
comment Seder advice when with people who aren't interested?
Shokhet, a fair bit of work went into that; a straight scrape of the site wouldn't be very useful for offline use by people not already familiar with Mi Yodeya, after all. A lot of people contributed to making it great. See also the Purim publication (5774) and the upcoming Chanukah one -- want to help? :-)
Oct
7
comment Plans for building a sukkah shlock
Wow, cool idea!
Oct
7
comment Advice for Lighting in a Sukkah
Thanks for the update @IsaacMoses! I've edited that into this old answer.