Asking Moses, God, and Yeshivas about Halacha, Hashkafa, and IVF
So the internet provides alot of anonymity. And it's great! I can search for anything and everything.
Among the few remaining challenges are: how to learn to find the needle in the haystack and what do you do when your needle ain't there.
Today's linkdump will include a few interesting things that I've found recently. To you they may be old hat but I feel they are good contributions to the online Jewish community.
First off is a blog of a New York simcha musician
. He gives wonderful insight to what goes on behind the bandstand at your wedding, the frustration of being a musician, and a bit of an insight into being a religious artist.
Next is an alternative to AskMoses.com
(the Chabad run ask-a-rabbi site). The BeitEl Yeshiva has open halachic Q&A forums with a Modern Orthodox bent
. There were a few other such sites I wanted to highlight but for some reason many were down.
A project that (I think) was just opened is a set of information about fertility treatment and halacha
. The Puah Institute has created a site with articles about IUI and halacha
, ovulation testing on Shabbat
, and the highly identifiable "halachic infertility" (ovulation before mikvah)
. I think it's a good idea that someone is finally putting all of this information in one place. Warning: it does say that it is currently in beta-test.
I'll close out this post for now with one truly strange little yiddel. A fellow by the name Jonathan Rose has created a news service about himself. So he shares his thoughts, reviews and daily schedule with the world at the JRNS (Jonathan Rose News Service)
. It seems he even has other people writing articles about him for this news service. Yet again, the internet shows us the best, the worst, and the strangest.
תוויות: Jewish Society, Music
Intel interview questions and how to smile
Today I learnt two lessons. The first was in an Intel interview. Sometimes you do what you what you were asked to do and no more. I was asked during the interview how I would respond if I was part of a project and part of the project was undefined and wasn't getting done. Would I step up and do it? Now the challenge is in the fact that while stepping up and doing something without being asked is a wonderful thing - it shows initiative. On the other hand, in most cases, when you take on the job you were not asked to do, the job you were asked to do often suffers. I answered that I tended to take initiative and pick up the slack on a project when I saw that something wasn't getting done. They wanted to hear that I would focus first and foremost on the job I was assigned and then, once all of my work was done, to look around and lend a hand with other aspects of the project.
The second lesson I had today was to smile. I met with a fellow who is a sales and organizational development guru. He told me that from my body language when I walked in to our meeting he could tell that I was depressed about my job hunt. He said that I should practice smiling more and that I need to take more initiative and chances. Walk into the bank and talk to the branch manager. Call up friends and ask them if I could do free work for them in exchange for a recommendation. Contact and cold call folks. And view every meeting, interview & sales pitch as a learning experience.
One day, two lessons. Not bad.
תוויות: job hunting, money
Industrial Engineering, Abe Lincoln & Planning
I came across a wonderful quote that encapsulates, to my mind, everything about what industrial engineering is. It also is a wonderful rebuff to all the folk who say "enough with the paperwork and planning - just get it done!"
Abraham Lincoln: "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."
How about that?