The 7.5-year Talmud daily learning cycle (aka Gemara daf yomi) started January 5th 2020. Today on September 1st 2021 we complete tractate (aka masechet) Sukkah, the seventh masechet of the cycle.

Hillel the Elder saw a skull floating on the water and said ‘Because you drowned others they drowned you, and those that drowned you will be drowned.’ (Sukkah 53a)

This is commonly referred to as karma or as [reward and] punishment — measure for measure. Act good and good things will happen, act bad and bad things will happen. In the grand scheme it really is that simple, but…

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Warren Buffett sits down at the microphone as he usually does, dressed in a suit and holding a diet Coca Cola. The sea of people in front of him had been waiting for several hours, some even camped out overnight, in anticipation of Buffett’s impromptu event.

Over a month ago he had been seen abruptly leaving a board meeting and rushing off in an ambulance to his local hospital. He hadn’t been seen or heard from for weeks. Naturally, the news industry speculated about Berkshire Hathaway succession plans. …

Let’s clarify some terms and get you acquainted with my investing style:

Professionals / amateurs

Professionals get paid to invest, amateurs don’t. I consider myself an amateur investor as I am not paid to do it.

Of course, getting paid to do something doesn’t make one better at it, but it generally implies that such a person spends much of their time and energy on it and is therefore given some authority on the matter. On the flip side, with the money comes more ego, emotions, impulsiveness, shorter-term thinking, and the lure of a quick buck — all of which…

[Note: The following teachings on the shemoneh esrei are mostly based on my notes from two books: one I read in the years 2007–2008 at Yeshivat Shvilei HaTorah in Jerusalem, Israel and the second book is Rav Schwab on Prayer which I read in 2016. I neglected to capture the name of the earlier book and I’ve since forgotten, so if anyone might recognize it please tell me. Hint: it was written in English and was unique in combining the history (biblical episode + angels singing), sequence/number significance, and textual analysis for each of the 19 blessings. Notes from the…

The 7.5-year Talmud daily learning cycle (aka Gemara daf yomi) started January 5th 2020. Today on July 8th 2021 we complete tractate (aka masechet) Yoma, the sixth masechet of the cycle.

I am sadly without a daf yomi learning partner (aka chevruta) so I am using this Medium as a study aide. Hopefully some reader may benefit from it too. Please feel free to act as my online virtual chevruta and help me find any inaccuracies in my writing.

I am behind schedule and need to catch up on several days’ worth of learning today so don’t expect any grand…

Given a target (say, 10) and an array of numbers, we are asked to find if any two numbers in the array add up to 10.

Most beginner programmers (me) would come up with an algorithm that involves a nested loop. We start with the array’s first number, then check it against each successive array element to test whether they add up to 10. If none do, we then take the second array element and perform the same checks. …

At Launch School a ‘B’ is a failing grade

Failing the 101 course three times over was hard for me, a low point. Launch School’s 101 course is both broad and thorough and I was unprepared for the rigorousness of the exams.

The carefully selected questions demand complete comprehension and precision. If you fall short in either area it will show and you will be called out for it. Launch School’s written exams are three-hours long (one of them was four hours — that’s basically an SAT!) and ask open-ended questions about coding concepts, syntax, readability, and common errors. …

In Launch School’s Object-Oriented Programming course Lesson 4 (JavaScript track) we learn about using mixins as a way of mimicking multiple inheritance, as JavaScript only allows for single inheritance. Put simply, mixins are used to share methods/behaviors amongst objects of different types.

[A full understanding of the above isn’t necessary for this article, but it would certainly help. See here for an explanation.]

We apply mixins via the Object.assign method. As per MDN, the Object.assign method “copies all enumerable own properties from one or more source objects to a target object,” like this:

prop ‘a’ from obj1 copied over to…

Zachary DuBow

Web developer, amateur stock market investor, wannabe Torah scholar

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