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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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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.
Mar
5
comment Jewish responses to a sneeze
Related: Jewish responses to a sneeze.
Mar
5
answered Jewish responses to a sneeze
Mar
5
comment How do we fulfill the positive commandment to be crazy?
Your answer implies the question should be moved to Meta.
Mar
4
awarded  Nice Question
Mar
4
comment Haman was Basar b’Chalav, so how could we eat him?
No, @IshPloniViKohen, the entire story takes place inside Achashverosh's intestines; and since he wasn't Jewish, the whole problem doesn't begin.
Feb
19
answered Using money on Shabbat
Feb
10
comment What puns are there in Tanach?
See R' S. R. Hirsch on the meaning of שבע, and why the word is used for “seven” and “oath”; he relates this homonym to the word אלה, which also means “oath” but is more obviously related to אל, “God”. To Rav Hirsch, your first example is symbolism, not a pun.
Feb
5
comment Should someone who isn't 100% certain of God's existence be considered a kofer?
It’s difficult enough giving a p’sak in matters of hashkafah, and you want to know the shiur too?
Feb
3
awarded  Nice Question
Jan
21
comment Why is the information that Malchi-Tzedek was a priest not written earlier in the posuk?
Are long chains of adjectives common at all common in Biblical Hebrew?
Jan
21
comment What is the correct vocalization for Megillas Ester 3:6
At mechon-mamre.org/c/ct/c3303.htm#6 there’s a patach; IIRC they follow the Allepo Codex where possible.