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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.


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
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
17
comment How to carry something with a shinuy
I'm not sure that keeping things in your socks necessarily leads to blisters. Is that not the standard place to keep a dirk?
Dec
17
comment Christmas and Ex-mas
It's not an acronym: just an initial. And however people use it now, it began as a simple scribal abbreviation.
Nov
24
comment Christianity as a test for jews
Who's the Ishmaelite?
Oct
28
comment Killing Civilians in a defensive war
Good grief that's disgusting.
Oct
20
comment A practical joke that leads to a mitzvah
Does the fact that the text in question included both slander and racism have any bearing on the question?
Oct
16
comment Reading books about Avodah Zarah
What makes Greco-Roman religious practise any more "ridiculous" than yours?
Oct
7
comment Are plants that exhibit rapid plant movement considered non-Kosher animals?
Does this include Triffids?
Oct
7
comment What is the source for Rav Soloveitchik's assertion that 1st Century Christians introduced mixed seating for prayers?
None, @Shokhet. Certainly the majority of modern Christian denominations have mixed seating, but I couldn't say when the practice started. This question has already (due to the christianity tag) been automatically posted in The Upper Room, so it may yet garner attention from practising Christians.
Sep
29
comment What's wrong with 'Hip Hip Hooray'?
Are you referencing the Oxford English Dictionary, or some other OED? Since this appears to be a question about etymology, Oxford would certainly be a good source to look at.
Aug
22
comment Is is wrong to be racist?
I know nothing about the relevant theology, but what you describe is racism. Redefining terms to say it isn't racism just means that it's now racism plus lying (lying about what words mean; lying in your claim to not be racist).
Aug
6
comment How many words are there in Tanach?
You give two different total counts for the number of verses, but only one count for each book, so there's no explanation of where the discrepancy comes from.
Aug
3
comment How can Jewish merchants sell their wares to Christians before their holidays?
@DavF. When you're adding a comment, click the word help beside the textbox for some inline help on formatting and link markup.
Jul
30
comment Can you say Bircat Hagomel after certain “dangerous sports”
I'd be interested to see the stats on whether bunjee jumping is actually more dangerous than US football or merely seems that way.
Jul
30
comment “Hello” and “sincerely” when writting letters
When I wrote a letter to the Taoiseach (Prime Minister (lit., Chieftain)), I opened it, A Taoisigh, a chara (Taoiseach, friend) and closed it Is mise, le meas (I am, with respect), even though the body of the letter was in English. It's fairly normal in many many cultures for set phrases from one language to seep into another.
Jul
8
comment Are Animal Crackers depicting non-kosher animals non-kosher?
On a separate issue, @Shalom, I would contend that the stuff Hershey's produce isn't actually chocolate as I'd understand the word. It seems to be a brown waxy substance, the flavour of which almost, but not quite, entirely unlike chocolate.
Jul
4
comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
I'm not sure that "don't worry about it" counts as an answer.
Jun
12
comment Why are Shabbat loopholes a good thing?
Christian perspective, since that seems to be where you're coming from: "In a sense, the elaborate nature of the law-evading construct becomes an expression of reverence for the very law it evades."