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A qualified chemist who somehow drifted into web development. I've learned (to a greater or lesser degree of accuracy) PHP and JavaScript, and would like to learn something completely different for the sake of it. I'm a weirdo who actually enjoys reading (and sometimes writing) technical documentation.


Jan
26
comment Can a man who has undergone a gender change give his wife a Get?
You appear to think that trans status necessarily has something to do with surgery. You are wrong.
Jan
26
comment Where can I find the Zohar in french or english?
Not quite a dupe, @DoubleAA. That one wants English online. This one is broader: English or French; physical or digital. An answer to the other would be an acceptable answer to this too, though.
Jan
23
revised Can one adopt a non-Jewish child and not convert him/her?
Pronoun trouble in the title.
Jan
23
revised Is there any source that says that women should / should not get drunk on Purim?
Some grammar tidying.
Jan
23
suggested approved edit on Can one adopt a non-Jewish child and not convert him/her?
Jan
23
suggested approved edit on Is there any source that says that women should / should not get drunk on Purim?
Jan
20
comment Recommendation for a digital Torah codex for software developers
I don't know why that page calls itself "ASCII table for Hebrew". It's Code page 862. That is one of the many many encodings which are ASCII plus something else. These are sometimes called "extended ASCII", but that is not really a proper name for them. The only proper name is "Windows Code page 862".
Jan
20
comment Why wasn't the Torah given to klal Yisroel as a DVD?
A Chief Rabbi (or, indeed, any educated person) in the UK would surely be familiar with the aphorism that the pictures are better on the radio.
Jan
20
comment Recommendation for a digital Torah codex for software developers
Further tip: Clarifications should be edited into the question itself, rather than buried in comments where no one will see them. You can then comment (using @-notifications as suggested) to let the person who called for the clarification know that their suggestion has been acted on. (Incidentally, ASCII Hebrew is unlikely, though I suppose it could be possible if you're willing to accept transliterated Hebrew.)
Jan
12
awarded  Student
Jan
12
comment Is there still a mesora on how to write the Torah in Greek?
@Matt. The LXX is still used in the Eastern Church. The Vulgate still has some influence in the West, but most Western Christians prefer to go back to the original languages.
Jan
12
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
12
awarded  Nice Question
Dec
24
comment Family Heirloom Sefer
I think the big family Bible is mainly a Catholic tradition. It would often have a handwritten family tree at the beginning.
Dec
23
revised May my wife wear my jacket to keep warm?
Used proper numbered list.
Dec
23
suggested approved edit on May my wife wear my jacket to keep warm?
Dec
18
comment Is it okay to enjoy Christmas lights?
@Shmuel. Calling Martin Luther a "famous priest" is a very impressive bit of understatement.
Dec
18
comment Is it okay to enjoy Christmas lights?
@avi. I've certainly heard of some Christians avoiding Christmas (I was brought up in such a tradition; see also Oliver Cromwell, who banned the celebration in England during his time as Protector), but I've never heard of Catholics doing so. They're generally fairly relaxed about "pagan practices". (I'm Irish, and shall therefore mention that Cromwell was a genocidal bastard, though this is not particularly germane to his views on Christmas.)
Dec
18
revised Christmas and Ex-mas
This started as a simple correction of "chi" to "chi rho" as the symbol. It sort of got out of hand and perhaps is a bit too much.
Dec
18
suggested approved edit on Christmas and Ex-mas