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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.


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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."
Jun
3
comment Is Mi Yodeya allowed to tweet on Shabbos?
I posit that you won't see the tweets unless you're already accessing the internet anyway, so what's the issue?
Sep
18
comment Anyone who says these people sinned is mistaken. For real?
Cohabit? I was under the impression that what was described was a quick nookie, or at most a one-night stand, not a living arrangement.
Jul
15
comment A practical guide to Jewish neighborhoods and communities in Israel
Query: how many different meanings does the phrase "pro-Zionist" have, and which one do you intend?
Apr
5
comment What percentage of Chabad still believes the Rebbe is the Messiah?
On the other hand, @DoubleAA, I have trouble believing anyone could believe most of what's written on this site.
Apr
4
comment What percentage of Chabad still believes the Rebbe is the Messiah?
-1 for paranoid conspiracy theories. The idea that everyone who disagrees with you is merely lying to themselves ("You can't handle the truth!") may be comforting to you, but it has no place on this sort of site.
Mar
26
comment In a city with many shuls, how much loyalty do I owe to the shul of which I am a member?
@BruceJames: "They couldn't chat together--they had not been introduced."
Mar
24
comment What are the halachik issues involved in drawing from a nude model?
nudity is not necessarily sexual
Feb
10
comment What's up with this strange new hechsher?
Diet Coke is bad enough to start with. I don't imagine that adding bacon would actually improve matters in any way whatsoever.
Feb
5
comment Is Christianity Avodah Zara?
I think you're a little confused about the Catholic and Orthodox doctrine of prayer to the saints.
Jan
21
comment Is it okay to enjoy Christmas lights?
@Shmuel. That picture may or may not be "mind-blowing", but it's certainly cute.
Jan
5
comment Is being vegan “kosher”?
On your last paragraph: I've heard the same, but it would be better with a citation. Your second-last paragraph also would be better with some citations. You're summarising reported rulings, without referencing the actual rulings.
Dec
29
comment How, if at all, can “frum” Jewish men justify their consorting with prostitutes?
Exactly which "sins" are prevalent will vary from one community to another, so this is not a complete answer. However, the question does become more sociological than theological at this point, inasmuch as it is possible to separate the two.