Anyone here know how to make mobile apps? Idea: An app that lets you take a picture of a food (or other) item, superimpose an o-cmon symbol wherever on the picture you want it, at the scale you want, and then share the resulting image with friends via FB, Twitter, etc.
@SethJ huh, weird. My first thought was non-Jew who bought the coat second-hand and said "what's with the loose threads?". But I would expect such a person to remove them, not just cut them off, unless he didn't like the holes. Wild speculation here -- never seen that before.
@MonicaCellio I agree with @HodofHod that +1. Maybe I'll try to form a coherent answer, but basically, the more "modern" you go, the more women you're likely to find engaged in serious learning. One example for lay people in NY: yu.edu/cjf/midreshetyomrishon
I'm not getting ready to immediately jump congregations -- I have a fantastic rabbi and a wonderful Shabbat morning minyan. But there are things that are challenging and lots of people participate in more than one shul here (we have a bunch in my neighborhood), and it would behoove me to get more familiar with the wider world out there and see how well that suits.
@SethJ what makes a tequila good or bad? (I don't drink it so I've no clue.)
Or maybe @HodofHod can tell us about the merits of various alcohols? :-)
@HodofHod I tend to go more for ales, stouts, and porters myself. I don't like hops very much. Whenever I get a variety pack from our informal beer club I try to trade away the IPAs. :-) (In PA you can only buy beer in cases, or way-overpriced in bars. But if you get 12 people together you can each get two bottles of 12 different beers... or other math works too, of course. Most recent was 24 people.)
@HodofHod law, yes. PA is very restrictive -- wine and hard liquor only from state-run stores (but kosher groceries have an exception), beer from beer distributors by the case (or bars in single bottles, or you can get a few cheap things as six-packs from Sheetz etc I think, but nothing good). Our legislature is currently pondering changing some of this.
@SethJ eww. I've never had tequila straight (dunno if I've had it... I guess if it's in margaritas then once or twice), so no idea if that's standard.
@HodofHod no idea what the rationale was, but I wouldn't be surprised if it (and the state stores) were to discourage drinking. These stores also aren't open on Sundays (recent targeted experiments aside), by the way -- the blue laws are strong here.
@MonicaCellio Heuristic I recommend: 1) Find the Orthodox shul with the modern-est reputation in town. 2) Look at their list of weekly classes, and drop in on one that looks interesting to you. If it's a Talmud class, and you get the sense that it may be de facto men only, call first to find out. 3) Make your own observations about who's learning what, with whom, on what level.
These are Neatzit,
a tzitzit undershirt. In dealing with a child who fidgets and therefore picks at the tzitzit, such that at the end of the day, they are entirely undone, can I tuck the tzitzit into the corner fabric squares? These squares are already partly open, to facilitate tucking the tz...
I'm not sure we really need one. A) Meta processes pretty slowly. B) This isn't the ikar of the site. C) There should be enough main questions up top normally that all have links back to the policy post.
As Stack Overflow grows — or any other Q&A site in the Stack Exchange network, really — there’s a natural pressure to discover and link duplicate questions. The more questions you have, the higher the possibility a given new question isn’t in fact a new question, but a duplicate of an older existing question. Because of this, we’ve continually enhanced the tools for finding, linking, and merging duplicate questions:
@SethJ I'm really not so sure now why I accepted that answer. I think maybe at the time (back in my Mi Yodeya youth) I was satisfied with yydl's comment there, so accepted the answer it was on. (That's a reconstruction of what happened not a recently triggered memory.)
@HodofHod Haven't heard it since the fifth grade, but I remember I liked it. We also listened to a tape with a song whose refrain was "We like, we like the city of Prague". Any idea what tape that was?
@MonicaCellio 'Modern Orthodox" is sometimes a useful abstraction, but like other things it's more a spectrum than an organized unified movement. For some gross oversimplifications you can of course start with Wikipedia.
@SethJ I spent the morning moving onto a new machine at work (not done yet). Translation: I've just updated my browser and I can't do a thing with it. :-( (Figuring out all the firefox customizations I'd made for accessibility and re-implementing them, whee...)
Apropos of that, does anybody know how to turn off the chat-ping sound? (Cube farm...) I don't want to surpress all sounds; the corporate IM and meeting alerts are important.
@msh210, I think that, despite our best efforts to explain how Mesorah works and how, to us, when an answer doesn't cite a rabbinic source it seems incomplete, to others, and in this case to @Ali, it diminishes the value of the scripture cited. ...
Hard to do better than Maimonides (Y'sode Hatorah 1):
The basis of all bases and pillar of knowledges is to know there's a first existing being. He brought into existence all that exists, and all things that exist… only exist from the truth of his existence. If he were to not exist, if...
@msh210, what I mean by that is that if you had simply cited the verses and explained how they define G-d, @Ali might have been satisfied. But once you introduced it as a thought explained by a rabbi, even though it cites verses in TaNa"Ch and especially the Torah, it appears as though you are relying on a non-"revealed" source to stretch the meaning of the verses, rather than presenting the verses to stand on their own (with the same, word-for-word explanation).
@Ali, Jake's answer contains one of the other verses I was going to cite, as well as the one I mentioned, and a few more, so I'm deleting my answer unless and until I think of several more that haven't yet been mentioned.
Does judaism.stackexchange.com/q/26072 remind anyone else of boat programming? ("What's the best way to get hot food on campus -- as a Jew?") I think that because it seems like the answers are precisely the answers to "What's the best way to get hot food on campus?" minus the one answer "eat in a restaurant". Thoughts?
@msh210 Nah. The Boat Programming question could have been rephrased as "How can I use a computer on a boat?" There wasn't really anything specific to programmers about it. The question here may well be unanswerable, but I think it is specific to Jews. (Issues with food allergies or intolerances would be in some ways similar, but different enough to be distinct.)
There are many other religiously mandated diets, but I think the kosher rules are the strictest.
@msh210 I'm not thrilled with the question but I'm not sure it's off-topic either. On consideration I don't like the "here are things you can cook" list in the CW answer; I think Dan's answer is valuable and the "grandma meal plan" part from the CW adds another option, but the rest feels too open-ended to me.
@HodofHod @MonicaCellio I have no first-hand experience, but in offhand comments in his lectures, R' Rakeffet (YU sage; absolutely not a chossid) occasionally lauds Chabad / the Rebbe for "solving the problem of feminism" by creating a strong, fulfilling role for women within the chassidut. IIRC, he's mainly referring to shelichot, but what I gather is that they're doing and providing intellectually fulfilling learning.
... he, incidentally, is a big proponent of women learning at the highest possible levels in this day and age (though he adheres strictly to traditional gender roles in ritual and the rabbinate), and prides himself on teaching thousands of women at Michlala and Machon Gold at high levels
@IsaacMoses @HodofHod, interesting, thanks! My one attempt to crack Chabad locally was a dismal failure, but maybe showing up for services wasn't the right way to approach them. Finding out about their classes and going there should work better.
@MonicaCellio Depends on how large/small or new/settled the Chabad House is. I find them much more "available" then Chabad Shul's, but you may still want to call, if only because it sometimes takes longer for a Chabad House to build an audience for women's services/classes then men's. (A man is almost guaranteed to be comfortable dropping in on services. A woman (unfortunately) will always be accepted with the same happiness, but in newer establishments she may be the only one there = awkward.)
That's very unfortunate, but it may be that men are simply more accustomed to going to shul, so it's easier for Shluchim to build that audience.
@IsaacMoses Right. Which means that women who do want to go, are less likely to have company. Good for kavanah, for being comfortable.. not so much. :)
@MonicaCellio Then again, with your knowledge and background in learning, the Shliach/Shlucha may just end up recommending a class that the Chabad Shul is already giving. Every community is different, for all that the newspapers like to write about Chabad's "organization".
I may be over-complicating things, though. If you are interested, you might find a friend who's knows one of the Chabad rabbis/rebbetzins in PA and they might be able to advise you how to crack in.
@HodofHod yeah, I've been the only occupant of the women's section pretty often. At Chabad they ignored me and not one person returned my greeting so I went home kind of put off. At Young Israel they stared at me and didn't speak to me (and I didn't initiate that time). I was dressed appropriately, I wasn't in the way... I don't know what I did wrong.
@MonicaCellio Some established communities are like that. In a Chabad House, it's kind of the Shliach/Shlucha's job to make everyone comfortable. In a Chabad Shul, they should, but it often takes second place. I like to think it wouldn't happen in my Shul.
@HodofHod that sounds like a good approach. My learning is definitely haphazard (comes of learning as an adult) -- more advanced than almost anyone else in my Reform shul, not advanced enough to just go to yeshiva. (e.g. my gemara chevruta is my rabbi and he translates for us -- I get bits here and there but fluency is a long way away.)
@MonicaCellio Keep in mind that even if you would fit better, the transition period may not be the easiest :( Also, I go to Orthodox Shuls and even Chabad ones, and sometimes some people are just tough to crack.
@IsaacMoses if you didn't get RSS-bombed in the last week then I presume the answer is no. :-)
@HodofHod I think we would "date" for a very long time before anything more permanent happened. And even if I never move (I am very dedicated to my rabbi), I don't always have to stay just in one place.
@IsaacMoses yes. At the community tikkun leil shavuot I always make a point of going to hear people I don't know (at least until I run out :-) ); no reason I can't do more of that the rest of the year.