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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
6
comment Why is Moshiach a “fundamental belief” (iqar)?
@SethJ, note the (very similar) answers I've received; they both address “why?” and “in what sense?”.
Nov
6
comment Why is Moshiach a “fundamental belief” (iqar)?
@SethJ, I suspect the two are intertwined. If you can answer one without the other, I may accept that as well; but if your answer to one implies (but does not make explicit) the answer to the other, I will request a clarifying edit.
Nov
6
comment May an employer dismiss an employee to pressure him in a non–work-related matter
It actually assumes one cannot, at least not without suitable notice. This assumption may not be well-founded, I admit.
Nov
6
asked May an employer dismiss an employee to pressure him in a non–work-related matter
Nov
5
comment Death penalty convict status
… and the possibility of judicial reprieve is going to be a factor.
Nov
5
comment Death penalty convict status
Do we, in general, extend the rule “it must be destroyed, so it has the status as if it already is” to people? This question is more likely to have been discussed in the context of whether a condemned man can effect kiddushin.
Oct
31
comment Why is Moshiach a “fundamental belief” (iqar)?
Let me see if I understand correctly: The core of the 12th iqar (you explain) is that Gᴏᴅ has a plan for the world, and that history will eventually unfold according to that plan. The phrasing of the iqar just happens to be in terms of the specific goal Gᴏᴅ is aiming the world to. Is that a fair summation of your answer?
Oct
31
comment Why is Moshiach a “fundamental belief” (iqar)?
Thank you, Yishai; the point you make in your most recent comment does address my question nicely. Any chance you could edit your answer to make this point more clearly there?
Oct
31
asked Why is Moshiach a “fundamental belief” (iqar)?
Oct
28
comment Why Doesn't Rasag Mention Olives In The Five Fruits From Eretz Yisrael?
Possibly related to the question of beracha on olives, since they are primarily grown for oil—and oil (unlike wine) is not drunk on its own.
Oct
7
comment Why doesn't God offer Sodom and Gemorrah the same chance to repent He offers Nineveh?
Considering the reaction of the Sodomites to the presence of strangers, it doesn’t seem they’d be too receptive of admonition from such. (I’d post this as an answer if I had any source for it.)
Aug
19
comment What is the problem with dogs?
This might make for a good answer for a very different question: not “What’s the problem with dogs?” in the specific sense that the OP asked, but “What’s the problem with dogs?” in the sense of why many Jews seem to be skittish of dogs. But that wasn’t the question being asked and so this response is not a good answer.
Aug
13
comment Was the Reish Galuta considered the presumptive candidate for the Melech haMoshiach?
@ShmuelBrin … R' Sherira Gaon; see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bostanai
Aug
13
comment Was the Reish Galuta considered the presumptive candidate for the Melech haMoshiach?
@ShmuelBrin One of the Geonim (I forget which) is quoted as claiming descent from beit david, but not through Bustenai: neither his Jewish nor his (born) Persian wife.
Aug
12
asked Was the Reish Galuta considered the presumptive candidate for the Melech haMoshiach?
Aug
7
comment Does Vegan Certification Have Any Halachic Weight?
I recall a Rav saying vegan certification on shoe blacking would suffice for its use for tefillin.
Jul
24
comment מַלְאַךְ ה׳—“the angel of GOD” or “an angel”
Let me rephrase that: what would it look like if the noun were indefinite? Is there such a form at all, or could this only be expressed in a longer phrase (“an angel from among the angels of GOD”)?
Jul
24
accepted מַלְאַךְ ה׳—“the angel of GOD” or “an angel”
Jul
24
comment מַלְאַךְ ה׳—“the angel of GOD” or “an angel”
Is there also an indefinite version of the construct state?
Jul
24
comment מַלְאַךְ ה׳—“the angel of GOD” or “an angel”
@Danno, English grammar requires the article in your example, but the meaning is unambiguous without it—there’s (usually) only one king of an area. But there are many angels; does “מַלְאַךְ ה׳” refer to a specific one? Do Bereishis 22:11 & 22:15 refer to the same angel?