2,182 reputation
832
bio website jcsalomon.github.io
location
age
visits member for 5 years, 3 months
seen Jul 3 at 20:07

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.

My interests are varied and include computers & computer programming, science fiction & real-life space exploration, politics, and religion; see my active accounts on Stack Overflow.

Read my (very sporadically-updated) blog, or follow me on Google+.


Mar
1
comment What's the earliest “acknowledgement” of Heliocentrism in Judaism?
Category error: I don’t see the phrase in the Wikipedia article you link to, and I would edit it out if I did: Judaism cannot officially recognize heliocentrism or geocentrism any more than it can officially recognize the color of your eyes.
Mar
1
answered What's the earliest “acknowledgement” of Heliocentrism in Judaism?
Mar
1
answered Who is the fourth father?
Feb
26
comment What is the text of kiddush for Purim night?
Formatting help would be appreciated.
Feb
26
answered What is the text of kiddush for Purim night?
Feb
26
answered What is the text of kiddush for Purim night?
Feb
25
accepted Is “al tikri” ever used for a midrash halacha?
Feb
19
comment Why does a Hamentash have three sides?
This halacha is necessary to be taught, otherwise only the first bite would be considered to fulfill the mitzva. And while the ideal case might be that everyone should have his own hamentash, once we know that a hamentash with a bite taken out of it is still kosher, we can infer that a hamentash can be shared between multiple people and each of them will be yotze.
Feb
8
answered symbol to denote a Jewish deceased author/writter?
Jan
12
awarded  Popular Question
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.