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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.


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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.
Dec
25
revised Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue?
edited tags
Dec
25
comment Birthdays in Judaism
+1 but I would prefer if the answer provided an original summary of the material rather consist of a quote.
Dec
25
revised Birthdays in Judaism
edited tags
Dec
25
revised Jewish dervishes and “Darkeihem”
edited tags
Dec
25
revised Decorating of the Beitzah
Replace "Gentile" tag with the new hukot-hagoyim tag which better pertains to the subject matter
Dec
25
revised What makes something “chukat goyim?”
added tag
Dec
25
comment Chanukah Bushes?
Fair enough, but I think that is a discussion of its own. The fact that major poskim, and perhaps the majority of poskim, abolished an otherwise kosher custom because of similarity to the non-Jewish observance is a clear illustration that to actually mimic the practice is chukas hagoy.
Dec
25
revised Bereishit vs. science
Fix typos, formatting
Dec
25
comment Chanukah Bushes?
Of course, establishing a new practice in imitation is much more problematic which is why the abolishing of a minhag out of concern of the non-Jewish practice the "new one" would imitate is so relevant.
Dec
25
answered Chanukah Bushes?
Dec
24
comment Ethiopians and Oral Law
As I recall they did not have the received version of the written law either, if our Sages were forced to write down the Oral law it is difficult to imagine it being preserved in even more difficult circumstances.
Dec
18
awarded  Necromancer
Dec
10
comment Returning after driving someone to the hospital on Shabbat
@GershonGold see judaism.stackexchange.com/revisions/1088/1. The question as asked or answered did not address the issues of either techum or walking back. And while the original question did not touch upon the issue, this answer does distinguish touch upon the distinction between private individuals and professionals...but only when the sources seemed to draw such distinctions.
Dec
10
comment Returning after driving someone to the hospital on Shabbat
@GershonGold, that was not part of the question when it was asked originally, when I answered, or when this answer was accepted.
Dec
9
revised Returning after driving someone to the hospital on Shabbat
Updated link
Dec
8
comment Minhag of married women shaving during marriage
@SethJ, nothing to downvote other than grammar, no citations, and a total failure to answer the actual question? Near as I can tell, what is your opinion about this minhag isn't the question.
Dec
5
revised Is one permitted to watch tv or movies with immodest women?
added 59 characters in body
Dec
5
comment Does the idea of Moshiach ben Yosef negate the anti missionary argument against the second coming?
judaism.stackexchange.com/a/12785/899
Dec
5
revised Messiah ben Joseph versus Messiah ben David
removed dead link