7,905 reputation
1748
bio website teshuvashaminim.blogspot.com
location Pacific Northwest
age 35
visits member for 4 years, 6 months
seen 2 hours ago

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.


1d
revised Learn more about the Ramchal's plays
added 2 characters in body; edited tags
2d
asked Leaving cities during plagues
2d
comment Why do we throw kids in the air on Simchas Torah?
-1. This is not an answer. It does not bother to discuss why it is done, which was the question. Furthermore, the alleged opinion saying not to do it does not in anyway imply that there are no reasons to do so, but only that according to that Rabbi the reasons not to are more significant.
Oct
19
comment Why does Chabad do hakafot erev Shemini Atzeret
Is there a reason to do so on the second day of Shemini Atzeret that isn't equally applicable to the first?
Oct
19
comment Watching TV on weekdays (not on shabbat)
You did not answer the question insofar as you have provided no reason why television is prohibited in circumstances when we are otherwise forgiving of people who not actively engaged in learning instead of other leisure activities.
Oct
16
awarded  shabbat
Oct
15
answered Kaarite rebuttal of the new testament
Oct
15
awarded  Necromancer
Oct
15
revised How to advise your barber
added 6 characters in body
Oct
15
revised Why is it permissible to flush a toilet on Shabbat?
fixed grammer
Oct
15
answered Why is it permissible to flush a toilet on Shabbat?
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
22
awarded  Revival
Sep
19
revised V'ahavta l're'eicha kamocha — re'eicha velo akum?
Included source of the pasuk, included explanation from the comments into the question
Sep
19
answered V'ahavta l're'eicha kamocha — re'eicha velo akum?
Sep
18
revised V'ahavta l're'eicha kamocha — re'eicha velo akum?
edited tags
Sep
11
comment Is a rare steak kosher?
The fact raw meat is kosher without salting isn't relevant to the question at all and could be mistaken to imply that rare is therefore certainly kosher. Pointing out that meat kashered by roasting is kosher even rare, at least according to the Shach, is interesting and relevant but your answer doesn't clarify whether roasting is a sufficient or necessary condition for rare meat to be kosher. The application of the question in the majority of situations (where meat has been salted and then cooked) remains unanswered.
Sep
9
awarded  Nice Question
Sep
8
comment Who or what is OV? (kosher symbol)
@Bachrach44, yes, that was the word I was looking for.
Sep
8
comment Who or what is OV? (kosher symbol)
I thought the Vaad was careful that the V in the heksher would have the lines on the top? I've seen a plain v in a circle used to designate vegetarian and it was my understanding that this was how they distinguished their symbol (but perhaps I'm incorrect).