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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
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.
Jan
3
comment Who was Shaul ben HaCanaanie?
BTW, Rav S.R. Hirsh suggest Saul was the son of Dinah by Shechem, and was adopted by Shimon.
Jan
3
comment Why is Midrash not in the Torah
To rephrase: Why is Midrash within Torah shebeal peh rather than Torah shebichsav? I'm not sure this question is answerable, except perhaps to question it premise.
Dec
26
awarded  Good Question
Nov
20
comment Cheap Techeilet?
@SethJ, more explicitly, theshofarman.com/cartmessianictallitscriptures-1.htm and theshofarman.com/carttwins.htm
Nov
13
revised Must I ceremonially dispatch a non-kosher animal meant for Gentile consumption?
Clarified wording; initial phrasing allowed for the misreading that the inspection was part of the example.
Nov
13
suggested approved edit on Must I ceremonially dispatch a non-kosher animal meant for Gentile consumption?
Nov
7
awarded  Excavator
Nov
7
revised Books on the significance of the months in the Jewish calendar
Updated URL
Nov
7
suggested approved edit on Books on the significance of the months in the Jewish calendar
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