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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.


Aug
27
answered When should a commuter cyclist wear a tallit katan?
Aug
26
comment Swimming on Shabbos
@Curiouser--1. He says it is permitted when it is in an area it is permitted to carry and that even there it is forbidden to do so while wearing a bathing suit. 2. The minhag is NOT discussing "American" practice but Ashkenazi practice not to bathe, which is the authoritative Ashkenazi minhag.
Aug
26
revised Swimming on Shabbos
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Aug
26
comment Swimming on Shabbos
@SethJ, sources added...and in under 3 and a half years.
Aug
26
revised Swimming on Shabbos
Added Sources
Aug
26
comment Is there any precedent to read the first 11 chapters of Genesis as metaphorical?
@mevaqesh, done. Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/30000/899
Aug
26
revised Is there any precedent to read the first 11 chapters of Genesis as metaphorical?
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Aug
18
answered How can one kill the habit of speaking profanity?
Aug
17
revised Why did none of the later kings of Israel destroy Amalek?
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Aug
15
comment If I wanted to convert to Judaism, would I need to have my circumcision repeated?
There is no "foreskin" left if it is a case of hatafas dam bris, but it is done on the skin where the foreskin was removed from.
Aug
14
comment If I wanted to convert to Judaism, would I need to have my circumcision repeated?
Fair enough, but I have as well.
Aug
14
comment Wife and techiyas hameisim
Also related: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/34134/899
Aug
14
revised If I wanted to convert to Judaism, would I need to have my circumcision repeated?
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Aug
14
answered If I wanted to convert to Judaism, would I need to have my circumcision repeated?
Aug
13
awarded  Announcer
Aug
13
answered Was referring to a Jewish firstborn son as “____ bar [mother's name]” insulting in the first century?
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.