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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.


Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jun
10
awarded  Revival
Jun
2
comment chicken kashrus
With the amount of supervision, and its effect on pricing, the consolation I would feel from seeing it myself is only the slightest. After all what else could be going wrong that cannot be observed after the fact?
May
30
comment Is it heresy to read the Bible literally?
I would suggest, based on the evidence, that the statements quoted in the question are an overstatement.
Apr
7
awarded  Yearling
Mar
27
comment Is gezel shainah a real thing?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/1083/…
Mar
25
comment Why are Jews so meticulous about not saying/writing “god”?
lord and god are not synonymns
Mar
17
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Why was Rabbi Yitzchok Alfasi known as the Rif - rather than the Ria? (הרי"ף - רבי יצחק אלפסי)
Mar
11
comment Does the Kashrut Authority of Australia always distinguish between dairy and dairy equipment?
"not all authorities distinguish this case" this phrase suggests that there is a halachic dispute, which I'm all but certain there is not, but for various policy reasons many "agencies" do not make this distinction.
Mar
10
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Why was Rabbi Yitzchok Alfasi known as the Rif - rather than the Ria? (הרי"ף - רבי יצחק אלפסי)
Mar
9
comment can I still wear my star of david
Similarly I would suggest avoiding necklaces which combine the star of David with a cross or other Christian symbol. While it may be thought of as an innocent symbol of either heritage, it has theological overtones which would be offensive.
Mar
7
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Why was Rabbi Yitzchok Alfasi known as the Rif - rather than the Ria? (הרי"ף - רבי יצחק אלפסי)
Mar
7
comment What if our purpose is to be bad?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a hypothetical philosophical question
Mar
7
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Text of S'lichos Online
Mar
6
reviewed Approve suggested edit on No Offense Loophole
Mar
4
revised Revenge and keeping halacha
softened language
Mar
1
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Why was Rabbi Yitzchok Alfasi known as the Rif - rather than the Ria? (הרי"ף - רבי יצחק אלפסי)
Feb
28
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Why was Rabbi Yitzchok Alfasi known as the Rif - rather than the Ria? (הרי"ף - רבי יצחק אלפסי)
Feb
25
awarded  Revival
Feb
24
comment Source that drinking on Purim is like fasting for two weeks
The fact that a saying of the Zitshover isn't found in his writtings doesn't mean it is "misattributed"...a saying is a saying and can be transmitted and recorded in other ways.