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I converted to Orthodox Judaism in 1980. My conversion story was originally published in the Baltimore Jewish Times and was reprinted in its entirety by About.com and in excerpt form by Rabbi Maurice Lamm in his book Becoming a Jew. I learned Daf Yomi for 10 years completing the entire 11th Cycle and getting half way through the 12th. I stopped shortly after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and recognized I could not stay up for late night Daf classes nor keep up if I did not. For the 20th anniversary of my conversion, I decided to teach the last daf of Kesubos and contacted Art Scroll for help, as they had not yet published their translation of that daf. Rabbi Yehezkel Danziger surprised me by suggesting that I try translating the page for publication in order to make my celebration "more special." It took me 3 months to translate the main text and the Rashi, but I submitted my work and, after much editing, received an editorial credit in Volume III of Art Scroll's Kesuvos translation. I have been a frequent contributor to the About.com Judaism board and specialized in counter-missionary posts. My website, "A Primer: Why Jews Cannot Believe in Jesus" is designed as a quick introduction to major points I tend to make when dealing with missionaries. In my secular life, I am an attorney for the Federal Government.


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Correcting reference to second photograph in apartment being of the Lashem, the Rav's grandfather -- not father.
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reviewed Close How long do you really need to keep your sideburns?
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answered Whose portrait hung in Rav Elyashiv's home?
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reviewed Close Should we say Leelou Nishmat ou Leelou Nishmata for a deceased woman?
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accepted What are the chief sources for requiring Jews to litigate in a beis din rather than in a civil court?
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asked What are the chief sources for requiring Jews to litigate in a beis din rather than in a civil court?
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comment Can one, under any condition, shower using hot water on the Shabbat?
My son-in-law came to visit me in the hospital twice on a Shabbos. It was hot and he got pretty smelly. Rabbi Dovid Rosenbaum told him he could take a cold shower to clean up before coming to shul for Mincha.
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revised Can one, under any condition, shower using hot water on the Shabbat?
Changed "Sabbat" to the Hebrew pronunciation, "Shabbat".
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revised Would a righteous child who dies before bar mitzvah go to Gan Eden, if his father is held culpable for his sins?
Changed last paragraph to focus on who OP is writing about. Prior use of pronouns was confusing.
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comment About what were rabbis ahead of the times?
Down-voter, please explain.
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comment About what were rabbis ahead of the times?
Rabbi Zacuto was on the cutting edge of navigational science at the time, which included creating some important measurement equipment and mathematical formulae that did not yet exist. That is what Rabbi Zacuto added to the world's knowledge of the time. There was a nice article in the Naval Institutes Proceedings Magazine back in 1992 which discusses the various navigational experts of Columbus' era on whom he must have relied, R. Zucuto being one (plus another rabbi as I recall). I think that there is more evidence that Columbus and Rabbi Zucuto actually knew each other and conferred.
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answered About what were rabbis ahead of the times?
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reviewed Close Would a righteous child who dies before bar mitzvah go to Gan Eden, if his father is held culpable for his sins?
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answered Good vs. Evil (wrong)
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reviewed Leave Open Is da'as torah a natural process or supernatural?