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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.


Jul
29
comment Psalms 31:5 or 31:6 - beyadcha, etc
Christians originally used the Septuagint; nowadays most Christian translations are based on the Masoretic text. This includes the King James Version.
Jul
29
comment Arba'a Ve'arba'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?
The King James says nothing of the sort. That's Bishop Ussher you're thinking of.
Jul
29
comment Hot water tap at work
I wouldn't drink water from a hot tap, or water from a bathroom cold tap: that comes from a tank in your attic. The water's been sitting around for a while in not-perfectly-clean pipes and tanks. Kitchen cold taps come from the rising mains, and are generally safe to drink from.
Jul
28
comment Hot water tap at work
In Ireland, water from the hot tap is usually considered non-potable anyway. You take water from the cold tap, and heat it in a kettle.
Jul
27
comment Jewish views on patriotism/nationalism
It was an Englishman who defined patriotism as the last refuge of scoundrels, and an American who called it the first.
Jul
22
comment Do JONAH and similar organizations successfully help those with same-gender attractions?
There's plenty of evidence that sexuality is innate, and is fixed well before birth. I don't know much about JONAH, but it looks like they've thrown their hat in the ring with NARTH, who are known pseudoscientific frauds.
Jul
20
comment What is the halachic source for objection to gay (civil) marriage?
By the way, @ArielK. That article you link to contains at least one lie. I've not checked the other statements there yet. Moderator edited out bile.
Jul
19
comment May I discuss my friend's unabashed un-Halachic behavior?
There's some very nasty abelism in this answer. Schizophrenia is an illness, not a character flaw.
Jul
19
comment Forgiveness: differences between christian and jewish traditions
It's a good question. Not sure where it should be asked, though. It's perhaps technically on topic at Christianity SE, at least if you're willing to restrict yourself to Judaism of that time-period, but you probably won't get good answers there as there aren't many Jewish experts there.
Jul
19
comment Is a Jew allowed to participate on Christianity.SE?
@IsaacMoses. There's a rather different atmosphere on Christianity SE than there is here, and the posts on meta about the secular nature of the site are actually taken quite seriously.
Jul
19
comment Werewolf in the Torah
@GershonGold. There are lots of different versions of the werewolf myth.
Jul
19
revised Why twins? Why not just Yaakov?
Capitalisation and grammar. I'm not sure what "sadeek" is supposed to mean, and Google is unhelpful.
Jul
19
suggested approved edit on Why twins? Why not just Yaakov?
Jul
19
comment Bris vs. critical thinking?
@AviD. I'd say that performing any form of elective surgery or body modifications on an infant is just morally wrong. I'm also very uncomfortable with inducting babies into a religion (I'm not a fan of infant baptism, for example). Circumcision combines two ethically dodgy practices in one easy bundle. I'm not impressed.
Jul
17
comment Is the passage describing an approximation of pi or is it one of the miracles of Bais Hamikdash?
Inner diameter; outer circumference? Or a curved in lip on the bowl with the circumference measured around the middle of the bowl, and the diameter across the top? Frankly, I've never seen the problem here.
Jul
17
comment Bris vs. critical thinking?
Assume that I'm (a) a feminist, (b) non-religious, and (c) sometimes quite sarcastic. You might then get it.
Jul
17
awarded  Caucus
Jul
15
comment Looking for more information about a story of positive atheism/heresy
Atheists generally do not accept this point of view. Made me giggle.
Jul
14
comment Bris vs. critical thinking?
Which is, of course, why only boys are circumcised.
Jul
14
comment Bris vs. critical thinking?
@AviD. You're assuming facts not in evidence, such as that Collin's objection is on medical grounds. It may be that Collin does not want to override his child's consent and right to self-determination.