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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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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
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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.
Oct
22
answered What do the days of Obadyahu's youth concern us?
Oct
21
comment A woman is not to put on a man's dress?
Not an answer, but on this topic: In the halachik understanding of this verse, the prohibition extends beyond cross-dressing to either sex taking on the gender rôles of the other; specifically, women are indeed forbidden from going armed to war.
Oct
21
comment Did Moses have an Egyptian name?
Remember that Pharaoh’s daughter had contact with Moses’ family, and even hired his mother as nursemaid. It’s entirely plausible that she asked the family how to say “I drew him out” in their language and chose an Egyptian name that had a similar sound.
Oct
10
answered Did King Achashverosh (or his court) know that Mordechai was Esther's relative?
Oct
10
comment What is the significance of Methuselah's name?
R.S.R. Hirsch has an interesting take on the names of both antediluvian lines, referring to stages of deviation from and return to God’s will, and the attitudes of the leaders towards the hoi polloi. If I can find a copy handy I’ll write this up as a full answer, but from what I recall Hirsch translates Methuselah as “casting aside [shelaḥ] the ignoble masses [methu]”; i.e., while some in that generation were righteous, they ignored their responsibility to teach others.
Oct
5
comment Satan: Stumbling Block or Accuser?
Do you have a source for the root set ([שט] or [סט])?
Oct
3
revised What is the translation philosophy for tachash skins in Exodus?
corrected hebrew word
Oct
3
suggested suggested edit on What is the translation philosophy for tachash skins in Exodus?