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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.

My interests are varied and include computers & computer programming, science fiction & real-life space exploration, politics, and religion; see my active accounts on Stack Overflow.

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Jul
15
reviewed Reviewed Is the REB translation of Ex 11:1, comparing to a rejected bride, supported in the original language?
Jul
15
reviewed Satisfactory Are men (brethren) really men or are they human?
Jul
15
reviewed Satisfactory Is Paul speaking with sarcasm in Acts 24:21?
Jul
15
reviewed Satisfactory What analogy is Joel using to compare God's spirit to?
Jul
15
reviewed Satisfactory Why is Jer 10:11 written in Aramaic?
Jul
15
reviewed Excellent What does Azazel mean in Leviticus 16:8?
Jun
23
revised Who were the Pharisees?
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Jun
20
answered Who were the Pharisees?
May
31
comment Synthesizing Differing Translations of Proverbs 18:24
BTW, the JPS seems to translate “אִישׁ רֵעִים” (ish re‘im) as if it read “יֵשׁ רֵעִים” (yesh re‘im). Perhaps it would be better translated, “A man [with] friends will come to harm, but….” Needs more research.
May
31
comment Synthesizing Differing Translations of Proverbs 18:24
@NoamSienna, good point on the pronunciation. I still need to indicate diaeresis on the last vowel; l’hithro‘eä‘, perhaps?
May
20
comment How can we determine when an image is a symbol?
@MatthewMiller, I didn’t think you’d meant that; I used that as an example of a clearly invalid reading.
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
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