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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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Jul
24
asked מַלְאַךְ ה׳—“the angel of GOD” or “an angel”
May
29
comment Can a shul be said to have a second Bimah?
See my edits, @smu.
May
29
revised Can a shul be said to have a second Bimah?
added Hebrew and link to Google translate
May
29
answered Can a shul be said to have a second Bimah?
May
14
comment How does this math work out?
@ShmuelBrin, and the bigger the city, the further from 1:4 the ratio gets. This is a good question.
May
14
comment How does this math work out?
Similarly with Soncino’s version: migrash is π × 1000²; sados are 4000² − π × 1000²; ratio is π ÷ (16 − π) ≅ 1:4. With a city larger than zero, the ratio will be greater.
May
14
comment How does this math work out?
Note that the ratio of migrash: sados is at its minimum with a 0-radius city (see my attempt at working out the math at gist.github.com/jcsalomon/5573753). Migrash is 2000²; sados are 4000²−2000²=12,000,000; ratio is 4,000,000:12,000,000 = 1:3. A ratio of 1:4 is impossible.
May
14
comment How does this math work out?
Could you please update the diagram to indicate explicitly what the various lengths are?
May
2
accepted Bar Mitzvah candle-lighting?
May
2
comment Bar Mitzvah candle-lighting?
Note: I rather suspect this is a particularly non-Orthodox practice, but this should still be within this site’s scope.
May
2
asked Bar Mitzvah candle-lighting?
May
1
comment One Challah or Two?
This was discussed, with regard to matzos backed in a large sheet, on (IIRC) Hirhurim. Will search.
Mar
28
comment Kiddush cup: stemmed or not?
There is also the “Rizhiner becher”, with leaf-shaped attachments to the stem so it can be held in the kabbalistically-preferred manner; see this picture.
Mar
16
awarded  Yearling
Mar
4
answered What's the word Avraham used for his religion?
Mar
3
comment Is Halal Meat Kosher?
@DoubleAA, IIRC, camel is considered halal, so you could not “know it’s a kosher species at least”.
Mar
1
comment What’s Doctor Who doing in the Talmud?
@Yirmeyahu, this question was closed earlier than the others, and for a different reason. have no grounds for complaint or dispute, but I am disappointed; if I think of a suitable answer I'll ask for this to be reopened next Purim.
Feb
26
comment “Vashti the queen” vs. “Queen Vashti”
Mechon Mamre’s punctuation is a reflection of the trop; their comma is therefore a weaker disjunction than it usually is in English.
Feb
26
asked “Vashti the queen” vs. “Queen Vashti”
Feb
26
revised Why was Esther afraid to go to the King the second time, but not the first time?
clarified suggestion