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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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Sep
17
comment Does Jewish history record Jesus's saying “I am God” or similar utterance?
@Vector, not necessarily; it’s quite possible to undermine someone’s story without making explicit reference to his claim. The scholarly view that the Talmudic “Yeshu” passages are anti-Christian polemic take that view: that the stories present derogatory details about “Yeshu” which (in passing) undermine any claims to his being a messiah—but without directly addressing such claims.
Aug
9
comment Is this really “Napoleon’s March”?
@MT_Head From heichalhanegina.blogspot.com: “When the Alter Rebbe heard the marching song of Napoleon's army, he said it was a march of victory. He then decided that the song should be used in one’s service to Hashem. [On Yom Kippur, before the shofar is blown (at the end of Tefillas Neila), it is customary in Lubavitch to sing Napoleon’s March.]” (Note: “The Alter Rebbe” refers to Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (1745–1812)).
Jun
6
comment How historically accurate is Les Miserables?
Les Misérables does incorporate a good amount of <del>Author Filibuster</del> text presented as non-fiction.
Mar
21
comment What percentage of Jews were in “finance” (money-lenders) throughout Middle Ages?
But, @DVK, as relates to the stereotype of “Jews in finance”, tax collection does apply.
Feb
11
comment Why did Greeks and Romans dilute their wine?
I've seen that claim too, but find it hard to accept without specific sources (see my edits).
Feb
10
comment Does Jewish history record Jesus's saying “I am God” or similar utterance?
@jwenting: The same holds for the Talmud. Some stories there recorded are meant to be taken as historical (though scholars will debate how far to accept them), but others are more obviously polemical. I’m not sure what you’re asking me.
Feb
10
comment Does Jewish history record Jesus's saying “I am God” or similar utterance?
@Ali, this (with some minor edits) was the answer I’d intended to post to ✡.SE; I hope it suits you.
Feb
8
comment Does Jewish history record Jesus's saying “I am God” or similar utterance?
That sounds about right.
Feb
8
comment Why did Martin Luther hate the Jews?
@Anixx, that might not be a bad question to post here: “Have Jews resisted conversion more than other faiths?”
Feb
8
comment Does Jewish history record Jesus's saying “I am God” or similar utterance?
@Drux: I’d originally written the answer for ✡.SE (where the question originated), then adapted it as best I could for this site. The question as asked does not ask about evidence for what the historical Jesus did or didn’t say, but what “Jewish sources or authoritative ancient texts” record. The Talmud is such a source, but I included caveats regarding the historical usefulness of its stories about Jesus. It’s possible that this question, as currently written, is not a good fit for this site either; if the question is changed, I’ll try to adapt my answer.