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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.


Nov
23
accepted A letter prohibiting television?
Nov
23
comment A letter prohibiting television?
Yasher Koach. Seems like it could very well be the letter I referred to, was Rav Moshe zt"l also a signatory. If not was the source I mentioned in the question mistaken, or did it refer to a different letter?
Nov
21
answered Is there a mention of the Oral Torah in the Written Torah?
Nov
4
comment Did Avraham invite the angels into his house?
Are we to assume that people treated their tent like a living room rather than as a bedroom?
Oct
28
comment What is Chassidus?
How does the fact that something is a Torah principle preclude a modern movement being defined by a special emphasis on that principle?
Oct
28
revised How does the oral Torah not contradict Dvarim 4:2?
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Oct
28
comment How does the oral Torah not contradict Dvarim 4:2?
I opted to keep it simple. This is meant to only address Oral Torah in the strictest sense. I believe that Rabbinic law is a separate question, but I also believe that "exception" IS "mentioned".
Oct
28
answered How does the oral Torah not contradict Dvarim 4:2?
Oct
23
revised Threatening to sue with no intention to do so
edited tags
Oct
21
revised Learn more about the Ramchal's plays
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Oct
20
asked Leaving cities during plagues
Oct
20
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
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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?