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User talk:Valley2city

Wikipedia Vitae

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This user runs a bot, Rabbot. It performs tasks that are extremely tedious to do manually.

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>10 ubxsThis user has created >10 userboxes.

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This user is a recent changes patroller with Twinkle!

Microphone slant.svg This user believes that only articles need reflect a NPOV, and that displaying political, religious, or other beliefs using userboxes and user categories should not be banned.

Star of life.svgThis user scored 9732 on the Wikipediholic test (revision 285667092).


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WikiProject Judaism

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WikiProject Israel.

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Harry Potter Task Force.

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Personal Vitae

Star of David.svg This user is Jewish.

Star of David.svgThis user is of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.

Star of David.svgThis user is of Sephardi Jewish ancestry.Iberian peninsula.jpg

939b2.jpg This user claims to be a descendant of King David.

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AJUThis user attends or attended American Jewish University (formerly University of Judaism).

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JTSThis user attends or attended Jewish Theological Seminary. The bush was not consumed.

CThis user attends or attended Columbia University.

BAThis user has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

BAThis user has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Talmud & Rabbinics.

ישיבה This user is a Yeshiva / Kollel / Seminary student.


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New York City.


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Personal not-so-Vitae

Liten askenasisk sjofar 5380.jpgThis user is skilled in the sacred art of Shofar blowing.

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G This user is a Gryffindor.

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Random Mild Accomplishments

ACADEMIC JOURNALThis user has had his/her work published in an academic journal.

MAGAZINEThis user has had his/her work published in a magazine.

POEMThis user has had one of his/her poems published.

SHORT STORYThis user has had one of his/her short stories published.

Misc. Interests & Minor Beliefs

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C2H5OH-1This user drinks relatively infrequently. He or she is probably the better for it.

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d'oh!This user thinks The Simpsons is simply...excellent.

Estrella 24-bass accordion.jpgThis user enjoys klezmer.

PhantomThis user is past the point of no return.

CYEThis user wants you to Curb Your Enthusiasm.

ent This user rolls with Vince.

24DNTV.svgThis user is Jack Bauer however, the preceding was a joke and most of us here on Wikipedia hate spreading false info.

J!This user phrases responses in the form of a question.

AD This user made a huge mistake.


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This user obsessively drinks lots of Water and can be considered Aquaholic.
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AerThis user does aerobics.

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BAM! This user believes that gaaahhhlic is a beautiful thing!


enThis user is a native speaker of the English language.
משתמש זה מסוגל לתרום ברמה מתקדמת של עברית.‏
yi-2דער באַניצער קען בײַשטײַערן מיט אַ מיטלער דרגה פֿון ייִדיש.
es-2Este usuario puede contribuir con un nivel intermedio de español.
tmr‑1משתמש הדא ממלל ארמיא דתלמודא בבלאה בדרגא פשיטא.‏
Phoenician mem.svgThis user has an understanding of the Phoenician alphabet.
ase-1This user can communicate at a basic level in American Sign Language.
grc-1Ὅδε ὁ χρήστης δύναται συμβάλλεσθαι ὀλίγῃ γνώσει τῆς ἀρχαίας ἑλληνικῆς.
Java-2This user is an intermediate Java programmer.
OyThis user speaks Yeshivish.
en-us-caDude, this person is totally a California English speaker.
...This user would like to be able to speak many more languages.

About Me[edit]

I'm a rabbi and teacher, also involved in the catering industry, from Los Angeles, CA. I consider myself an expert on matters of Judaism, with a dabbling in the subjects, IRL, of the other WikiProjects (see sidebar) of which I am involved.

A Wikipedian Theology[edit]

When Adam and Eve ate of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden they suddenly developed the ability to know things and to be self-aware. This came at the cost of mortality and decay, that humans would have to toil for their natural lives which would be drastically shortened from eternity to much less. Pain, sorrow, and death are introduced into the world, in exchange for the blissful innocent ignorance. I have posed the question to my students, friends, colleagues, and teachers that "if you were in the position of Adam or Eve and given the choice of whether or not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge, knowing the ramifications, would you eat"? Nine times out of ten the answer I have received is "yes".

Increasing knowledge is one of the greatest things given to humanity. I do not believe that there is any sin in what Adam and Eve did. Rather, I believe God placed it in front of them so that they would eat of it. "The sum of human knowledge is the fear of God", writes Ben Sira. It is this for reason that I find Wikipedia so noble a cause and so vital a pursuit. One person cannot know even a small fraction of all knowledge; yet through this collaborative effort, perhaps we can get that much closer to true enlightenment.

And as Rabbi Yehuda ben Teima writes in Pirkei Avot 5:23, "Be bold as the leopard".

My contribution to Wikipedia[edit]

Besides being an administrator on the English Wikipedia (where I participate mainly in deletion in its various forums and responding to vandalism and vandals) I also participate in many Wikiprojects, namely those related to Judaism In these categories I have created and done very major overhauls in a number of articles (which I will enumerate in the future). I also bill myself as a wikignome (or maybe Obsessive-Compulsive, making tiny edits all over the place, whether considered minor or major. I also tend to follow up edits with other edits (usually more minor) including things I have forgotten after clicking the Save page button.

I am quite passionate about issues regarding Judaism and Israel and love to debate topics relating to these, but I also maintain a semblance of unbias as I write or edit articles on these topics. I think one of the most important things to remember is that Wikipedia is first and foremost is to be a verifiable encyclopedic wiki (it says so right above the Save page button) and it is one thing to be passionate about something (this motivates edits on said topics) but it is another to include your bias within the articles. I am a stickler for policy and will not hesitate to bring up questions about the verifiablity, POV, et al. of any article. I am highly intolerant of vandalism and I will quickly revert any that I see. I am Pro-IP Profiling and look first at changes on my watchlist for anonymous IPs as those tend to contribute more vandalism (A recent study of the WP:Vandalism Studies concluded that about 97% of vandals are IP users). As such I am also in favor of quicker semi-protection for pages that are either vandalized or edit-warred by anonymous IPs. For other me-related things, there are links in some of my userboxes if you decide to stalk me.

Though I live in the Pacific Time Zone, you will find me editing at odd hours (probably because I'm in grad school). You will not, however, find me editing (or manipulating electricity for that matter) on the Jewish Sabbath or holidays. I will usually have a header on this page during these times (but sometimes I will forget). Therefore, understand if I don't get back to you during these times. Otherwise, I am usually pretty quick on getting back to people who post to my talk page. Occasionally I can also be found on the Freenode IRC network on #wikipedia_en and in the admin channel, on as Valley2city.

Torah Portion of the Week[edit]

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