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I’m an engineer, graduated with a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from the Cooper Union, and working in that field in the Greater NYC area.

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May
20
revised How can we determine when an image is a symbol?
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May
20
comment How can we determine when an image is a symbol?
As an aside, rule #3 would tend to exclude most Christological readings of the Hebrew Bible [“Old Testament”]; Rabbi Hirsch would consider this a feature of his system, not a flaw.
May
20
answered How can we determine when an image is a symbol?
May
20
answered Is Leviticus 12 saying that giving birth to a child is a sin?
Mar
28
comment Why did the Samaritans worship God in Mount Gerissim rather than Jerusalem?
@Mawia, they claim not to worship any god but God; and there’s no indication that there are any remnants of their old pagan worship still around. Things might have been different 2,000 years ago; you might get some interesting information by asking about the Samaritans on ✡.SE.
Mar
20
answered Which literary genre of Job has the longer historical pedigree?
Mar
19
comment What did Isaiah intend with his unusual usage of “create” in Isaiah 45:7?
Zoroaster lived and taught long before Isaiah’s times (ca. 1000 BCE, vs. 700 BCE); the prophet may have been reacting directly to that philosophy. (Source: Rav Schwab on Yeshayahu.)
Mar
19
comment How many wives does Deuteronomy allow a king to have?
Actually, the fact that David did not marry Avishag is taken in halacha to indicate that he was married to the maximum allowable number of wives.
Feb
10
awarded  Custodian
Feb
10
reviewed No Action Needed What do pomegranates of blue, purple and scarlet material look like?
Feb
7
awarded  Yearling
Feb
6
awarded  Custodian
Feb
6
reviewed Reviewed Why did the tabernacle use the colors blue, purple and scarlet?
Feb
6
awarded  Custodian
Feb
6
reviewed Satisfactory Tribe of Benjamin Elite Corps of Slingers
Feb
6
reviewed Satisfactory Is Satan one of the “sons of God”?
Feb
6
reviewed Excellent Should the title in Isaiah 9 be translated?
Feb
6
reviewed Satisfactory Why are the Psalms broken into five books?
Jan
16
comment Did Pharoah have free will?
See also <aishdas.org/asp/2013/01/2-kinds-of-law.shtml>.
Oct
23
comment What do the days of Obadyahu's youth concern us?
Emphasis. It’s one word in Hebrew, and an easy way to emphasize what he’s saying.