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I'm a Ger, husband, and father of four.

I enjoy learning Jewish law and thought. My studies are too undisciplined but b'ezras Hashem I have picked up a few things.

I believe Mi.Yodeya provides one of the most promising formats for Torah discussion online. While most online discussion depends on disagreement to continue, Mi.Yodeya allows one to give (or receive) a straightforward positive review of someone's answer or offer your own answer if others are not satisfactory. Interaction is allowed but controlled, and the talking past each other which can be the norm of Internet debate is bypassed.

I'm of the opinion that the best answers are the one's which resort to, and cite, primary sources and deal as thoroughly as possible with the question at hand while not coming across as giving practical instruction.

Answers which resort to secondary sources are at times necessary, but should be acknowledged, and the information should be summarized in one's own words. I don't think a link is an answer.

I think we can make this a place others want to visit to ask good questions and give good answers.


Jun
18
accepted Continuing to drink a Beverage after Birchas HaMazon?
Jun
11
comment Why does Orthodoxy hold that the Torah has not changed?
...because it conserves the status quo. Conservative is not a synonym for Talmudic or even for correct (and note the quotation marks to indicate subjectivity).
Jun
11
answered Why does Orthodoxy hold that the Torah has not changed?
Jun
2
revised Head covering for women
Attempt to make the question less ambiguous.
Apr
17
awarded  Popular Question
Apr
14
awarded  Enlightened
Apr
14
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
7
awarded  Yearling
Mar
26
awarded  Necromancer
Mar
18
awarded  Necromancer
Mar
13
comment Is vaping prohibited?
Futhermore, how is it relevant to the question being asked which is not about cigarettes but specifically about a product made from edible materials....
Mar
13
comment Are these “Teachings of the Jewish Talmud” and does a typical Jew believe this?
While I think that there are a number of valuable and legitimate questions raised, I am uncomfortable with large pieces of anti-Semitic cut and pasted here. I'm sure you mean no offence, but I don't like it. I also think that it would be more productive for you to ask each issue implied separately.
Mar
12
comment Do people who don't eat gebrokts have any reason to say “Borei Minei Mezonot” during Pesach?
Although a significant number of those who do not eat gebrochts say shehakol on rice...
Feb
18
awarded  gentiles
Feb
12
comment Why should you be seeking medical attention?
If the physical manifestation is connected to the spiritual why would we not assume that the physical treatment is connected to rectifying the spiritual?
Jan
30
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
28
answered Torah and the Holy Bible
Jan
16
answered Animal sacrifice in Judaism — was it copied from other religions?
Jan
13
accepted Teaching Written Torah to Christians
Dec
26
comment Source that Leah was veiled at her wedding?
People often fail to state the obvious, I'm not sure that we can expect any sources to state explicitly that a veil was worn so long as this was generally done.