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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.


Mar
19
comment Is is wrong to be racist?
You have described a racist belief system. You now insist that it is not actually racist, but refuse to give any reasons or evidence to back up that assertion. Vague appeals to "nuance" are meaningless.
Mar
1
comment Does one make a Bracha when seeing the Pope?
@J.C.Salomon. There does seen to be a popular conception that princes serve under kings, but this is not necessarily true. Both Monaco and Andorra are principalities, ruled by a princes who are monarchs in their own right. (Andorra is a bit of a special case, mind you.)
Feb
23
comment Being more stringent than your Rebbe
A bare bear is a shaved bear.
Feb
9
comment Is is wrong to be racist?
@Nafkamina. Ah, so it's nuanced racism. So that's all right, then, I suppose.
Jan
29
comment Would a mermaid be kosher?
Sirens are traditionally bird-like, though I believe a fish-like variant exists in some traditions.
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
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
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.
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
7
comment Are plants that exhibit rapid plant movement considered non-Kosher animals?
Does this include Triffids?