This site is created, written and maintained by Tracey Rich. I do not claim to
be a rabbi or an expert on Judaism; I'm just a
traditional, observant Jew who has put in a lot of research. I must be doing
something right, because one of the rabbis at an "Ask a Rabbi" website
routinely copies material from this website! All of the material on this site
was created by me, just one individual. There is no corporation or organization
behind this site.
Contrary to popular belief, I am not "blinded by my Orthodox Jewish
upbringing." I was raised nominally Reform Jewish, though I have leaned much
more toward the traditional since I was exposed to it in college. I write the
site from an Orthodox perspective because I think that's the best place to
start if you want to understand Jewish traditions. You're never going to
appreciate kashrut if you say it's just a primitive health regulation that was
rendered obsolete by the refrigerator, as they teach in Reform synagogues where
almost no one keeps kosher. Instead, you should try to understand Jewish
traditions as they were understood for hundreds of years by people who lived
them day-to-day. It's similar to the way we teach our children that Ben
Franklin discovered electricity with a kite, George Washington chopped down a
cherry tree, Betsy Ross sewed the first flag, even though most scholars agree
that none of that really happened.
This site grew out of a series of posts I wrote on the ILink bulletin board
network in the early 1990s. That's why it has such a conversational style. When
I learned how to make web pages in 1995, I converted about 20 of my posts into
HTML and created this site. It has grown from there.
I work as the database adminstrator for a Jewish charitable organization. I am
also the co-author of several legal reference texts.
I don't accept advertising; please don't try to contact me to advertise on this
site. The only "ads" I have are links to Amazon.com books that I was
recommending even before the Amazon Associate program began. Yes, I receive a
small commission for those links: enough to pay for the out-of-pocket costs of
running this site, with a little left over. Any excess income is donated to
Jewish charities, primarily college Hillel organizations, because that's where
I got my first Jewish education.
Unfortunately, I am no longer able to respond to emails. I work a very long
day, and have obligations when I get home. However, I can assure you that the
overwhelming majority of genuine questions I received (as opposed to people
trying to convince me to believe what they believe) can be answered by simply
searching the site.
© Copyright 5756-5771 (1995-2011), Tracey R Rich
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