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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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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 suggested 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
May
25
revised To what extent would a 17th-century observant Jew purposefully violate Halacha to save lives?
Bringing the question back to what is useful to the OP (per private communication), while still keeping it narrow enough for this site.
May
25
suggested suggested edit on To what extent would a 17th-century observant Jew purposefully violate Halacha to save lives?
May
23
asked Is “al tikri” ever used for a midrash halacha?
May
21
accepted Why is Moshiach a “fundamental belief” (iqar)?
May
15
accepted “Terach, father of Avraham and of Nachor”—what about Haran?
Apr
17
asked “Terach, father of Avraham and of Nachor”—what about Haran?
Apr
17
accepted Was the Reish Galuta considered the presumptive candidate for the Melech haMoshiach?
Apr
11
comment Was the Reish Galuta considered the presumptive candidate for the Melech haMoshiach?
I’m not sure @sabbahillel’s edit is appropriate. The original answer was a negative, backed by Seder Olam Zutta. Bringing in Vayikra Rabba opens the question back up.
Mar
16
accepted What are the consequences of Vashti’s dual nature?
Mar
16
awarded  Yearling
Mar
5
revised Jewish responses to a sneeze
Added Wiktionary link.