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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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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
Feb
26
answered Why was Esther afraid to go to the King the second time, but not the first time?
Feb
25
comment What are the consequences of Vashti’s dual nature?
There’s a Purim Torah I remember hearing that dealt with this question. I don’t recall the details, but it involved Haman having a detachable nose.
Feb
25
comment What are the consequences of Vashti’s dual nature?
I know this is late; maybe I’ll get an answer next year.
Feb
25
asked What are the consequences of Vashti’s dual nature?
Feb
25
comment What’s Doctor Who doing in the Talmud?
I was hoping for something about Mar = the Master, but everything I came up with was too forced to be funny.
Feb
22
comment What’s Doctor Who doing in the Talmud?
I’ve got to wonder how large the intersection is between Doctor Who fandom and those who appreciate Purim Torah.
Feb
22
revised What’s Doctor Who doing in the Talmud?
Link to Wikipedia for the name John, Morfix for Nafach
Feb
22
asked What’s Doctor Who doing in the Talmud?
Feb
21
awarded  Nice Question
Feb
17
comment Does “foreign religious obligation” = “Takruvas Avodah Zarah”?
@IsaacMoses, presumably not: the concern mentioned about using the mission hospitals in 1800’s Jerusalem stemmed from (perceived) missionary activity rather than the motivations behind the healing. And that seems a good direction for discussing the halachik aspects of my question.
Feb
14
comment Does “foreign religious obligation” = “Takruvas Avodah Zarah”?
@JonEricson, I actually met the fellow on the street a few days after posting this, and he also pointed out that my initial request was based on taking the verse out of context. (IIUC, Luke 6:30 in its proper context means he should not have asked for the return of the money once he realized he hadn’t been under any obligation to give it to me; and in fact he did not ask for the money.)
Feb
14
comment Does “foreign religious obligation” = “Takruvas Avodah Zarah”?
@SethJ, your understanding of my question is correct. I had no moral dilemma about taking advantage of a verse-out-of-context: most of his missionary text were using the tactic of verse-out-of-context.
Feb
10
answered Origin of myth about the hole in the sheet?
Feb
4
answered what is the source suggesting that blasphemous sentences are exempted in distressing situations?