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I’m an engineer, graduated with a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from the Cooper Union, and working in that field in the Greater NYC area.

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Nov
19
comment Is Bas Kol the heavenly voice always correct and how to identify Bas Kol from evil whispering?
IIRC, there is no Jewish source for the satan having any power to cause misleading prophecy. (The spirit of Navos was allowed to mislead Achav’s prophets, but that was a special case, and not the satan.)
Nov
19
comment Is Bas Kol the heavenly voice always correct and how to identify Bas Kol from evil whispering?
One of the most famous stories about a bas kol is about how halacha was decided against it.
Oct
15
revised Why was Esther afraid to go to the King the second time, but not the first time?
Mark my speculation more clearly as such
Oct
12
comment What are the major regions relevant to Ashkenazi minhagim?
The ideal answer would enable someone to find his ancestors’ home town on a map of Europe, look up what region this was in during (e.g.) the 1600s, and identify the general set of relevant minhagim. NBZ’s answer is a very good start.
Oct
12
revised What are the major regions relevant to Ashkenazi minhagim?
Clarify question
Oct
12
comment What are the major regions relevant to Ashkenazi minhagim?
Definitely related: a proper answer to my question would cover הגר=Hungary.
Sep
30
awarded  Custodian
Sep
30
reviewed Approve What are the major regions relevant to Ashkenazi minhagim?
Sep
30
asked What are the major regions relevant to Ashkenazi minhagim?
Sep
30
comment Can the Jewish people have a king while in exile?
The Exilarch (reish galutha) had many prerogatives of a king.
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Aug
17
awarded  Self-Learner
Jul
15
comment Understanding how the omer was sifted
If I find the source for this I'll turn it into an answer: I've read that there was an initial coarse grind. Some of the wheat would crumble into fine dust; the bran would be coarse; and what was left could be ground again into more refined flour.
Jul
9
comment Is pharisaical - or any similar allusion to the Pharisees - offensive to modern Jews?
Cf. my answer to a related question at BH.SE (hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/a/5134/410): “The Pharisees themselves categorized several species of this hypocrisy, including the sort who make a show of their alleged piety or claim to have fulfilled their duties—these they classified as ‘those who bring destruction to the world’ (Sotah 22b). A cheap propaganda trick thus available to rabble-rousers was to broadly accuse all Pharisees of this hypocrisy, making the audience of common-folk feel superior.”
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jun
27
revised Is a Sfardi ש incorrect according to this Gemara?
Brought picture into answer from external source.
Jun
27
suggested approved edit on Is a Sfardi ש incorrect according to this Gemara?
Jun
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
13
answered Am I allowed to enjoy the smell emanating from a non-kosher place that cooks using milk and meat mixture?
May
25
comment What was the name of Sarah's mother?
See Hebrew Wikipedia – שמות חיצוניים לדמויות אנונימיות במקרא : אם שרה אימנו