- I try to check Wikipedia periodically. Please assume that I do not use Wikipedia on Friday evenings and Saturday. Thanks.
Interests: Judaism, ethics, religion, meta Wikipedia, neutrality
Profession: I have a Ph.D. in religious studies and teach at a major university in the U.S.
Patience... chill out... don't get bent out of shape...
In humble appreciation for my service to human knowledge and Wikipedia, I have been graciously awarded:
Creating and editing articles
Judaism and abortion, Bal tashkhit, Bialik Prize, Eugene Borowitz, Michael Broyde, Category:Jewish medical ethics, Catholic moral theology, Chavurah, Joseph Chotzner, Arthur A. Cohen, Consistent life ethic, Damages (Jewish law), David ben Aryeh Leib, Menachem Elon, End-of-life (medical treatment), Ethics in religion, Euthanasia, Moshe Feinstein, Emanuel Feldman, Michael Fishbane, Solomon Freehof, Franklin I. Gamwell, Gender and Judaism, Geneivat da'at, Arthur Green, Halakhah, Homosexuality and Conservative Judaism, Inviolability, Isha katlanit, It is time to work for the Lord (verse), Bernard Jackson, Walter Jacob, Immanuel Jakobovits, Islam and antisemitism, Jewish ethics, Jewish beliefs and practices in the reform movement, Jewish law and history on smoking, Jewish medical ethics, List of religious leaders with Jewish background (and its AfD), The Lord protects the simple (verse), Marshall Sklare Award, Shailer Mathews, Richard A. McCormick, Hanina Ben-Menahem, Paul R. Mendes-Flohr, Mishpat Ivri, Mobile post office, Lily Montagu, Not in Heaven (verse), David Novak, Palestinian people, Pardes (legend) in Kabbalah, Thomas Percival, Pete Rouse, Posek, Philatelic articles on Israel and Palestine and both, Haleigh Poutre, Reform movement in Judaism, Religion and ecology w/J, Religious law, Nahum Rakover, Risk assessment, Shareholder resolution, Byron Sherwin, Shomer Shabbat, Daniel Sinclair, Socially responsible investing, Spertus Institute, Mordecai Tendler, Moshe Tendler, Rebecca bat Meir Tiktiner, Tobacco smoking, Ephraim Urbach (partial translation), Otte Wallish, Glanville Williams, Moshe Zemer, Sheldon Zimmerman
In lieu of a visit, created History of the Jews in Northern Ireland.
Recently started aiming for DYK: Mosque of Omar, Shomer Shabbat, Charles Liebman, Pete Rouse, Postage stamps and postal history of Israel and Palestine, Postage stamps and postal history of Israel, Otte Wallish, geneivat da'at. My recordkeeping.
Recently started uploading images, esp. by claiming free use for Israeli stamps.
Facilitation and WP policy efforts
Quieting the Israeli-Palestinian edit disputes
- Trying to advance policy-centered resolutions of the disputes (articles, AfDs, centralized discussion) over comparisons between apartheid South Africa and Brazil, China, Cuba, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. On Israel, see also my workshop efforts. Some policy-related input on ArbCom case, e.g. on remedies and on outcome.
- Facilitation efforts at Battle of Jenin including restructuring effort. Also: List of people from Ridgefield, Connecticut (helpful), Cults and new religious movements in literature and popular culture , Causes of the 1948 Palestinian exodus, Second Intifada. Islam and antisemitism. Palestinian people, Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Also, some w/ Syro-Palestinian archaeology. In summer 2008, including Jewish Internet Defense Force and Nahum Shahaf.
- User conduct issues: Mentoring arrangement idea, AN/I on PR, Comment on a WP:POINT disruption 10/15/07, Itzse 9/7-11/07
- Recommendation at RfAr for Ongoing observation of user conduct, which could apply to Israeli-Palestinian articles. I'd welcome technical help to develop this idea, now underway (see next). Recommended also a principle about how Editors are responsible for neutrality.
- Worked on Wikipedia:WikiProject Israel Palestine Collaboration and its subpage, a monitoring report on I-P editing battleground statistics.
- Cautioned users about ArbCom sanctions (on user and/or article Talk) and notified users on occasion.
- As HG on the Working group on ethnic and cultural edit wars.
- Minor issue about redraft for Israel and the United Nations.
- RfC discussion of Bans on ritual slaughter. Also, a well-received comment at Campus Watch
- RfC discussions of "undue weight" at Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy and, more importantly, at Talk:Legal status of Hawaii RfC here and afterwards. Similar discussion of reform and Progressive Judaism, including question of systematic bias
- First RfA comment on "Grammar Nazi" userbox.
- Template discussion: Template:BibleAsFact
- Helped turned Glossary of Jewish and Christian terms into a (somewhat IAR) dab page, after an AfD and separate Glossary of Jewish terms. With some of the same players, some unexpectedly useful facilitation and info for Gender of God.
- In 2008, more active at WikiProject Judaism, e.g. Minyan and Homosexuality and Judaism, P'tcha, etc. Yahweh dealing w/POV.
- RFC/U on Elonka. Tried a middle ground proposal and some facilitation-type comments.
- RfA on JamieS93 (esp Talk page, such as here). Participated in a few others.
- RfC/U on Majorly. Offered an uninvolved party's assessment of (some of) the extensive evidence, etc.
- AfD w/work: Psychiatric abuse its deletion review and my related allocation of the deleted content. See also, Political abuse of psychiatry (AGF worked).
- AfDs: Seattle Jewish Federation shooting, Global warming opponents, Buddhist polemics, Modern pseudepigrapha, Igero bus,
List of religious leaders with Jewish background, Christian Torah-submission, [Teddy Lupin], Jewish defense, Jen Taylor Friedman, Moshe Aryeh Friedman (no relation!?), /John Alves Arbuthnot discussion, Ryan Johnson, The neo-lachrymose conception of Jewish-Arab history, List of people called Rabbi, Chanukah Harry, List of Jewish United States Supreme Court justices, Genesis 1:1
- Proposed AfD: Mark R. Graczynski (closed as deleted)
- My little PROD: Cigarettes and Valentines (next step would be AfD)
- Sample PRODs: Mary Layton, Mikkel Clausen, Bound Report, (my recommendation taken), Thomas Schrefl, Aviara Oaks Middle School
- Recent AfDs: Edward Matchett AfD, Andrew Lundwall (deleted), Sydney digital library (redirected), FlashPack,
- Sample CSDs: Toledo do Brasil Balanças, Chem Aqua, Jack Gescheidt, Shaun Kremin, John Garmany, Daji screw
(Installed TW and did series of AfDs etc, 9-1-08)
Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Israeli apartheid and Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Israeli apartheid/Proposed decision 2006 case, 2007 case, /Evidence, etc., and list of apartheid AfD and other cases
(I like these boxes though I may not be active.)