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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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reviewed Close Where to post bugs found in Torah?
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reviewed Close Song Lyrics in Hebrew
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reviewed Close Do Neanderthals had soul?
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reviewed Leave Open BT emailing non-observant family
Apr
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accepted What sages were known to have revived the dead?
Apr
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comment Why is God so hidden from us
Who is posting all of the negative votes today to the answers and question here? Please give a constructive reason for the down-votes.
Apr
8
comment What's the order of importance of Honorees under a Chuppa?
Rav Moshe Feinstein was asked what honor could be given to a Conservative rabbi who was a family friend. Rav Moshe told the couple to have the Conservative rabbi read the kesubah. It was clear from the context of his psak that he considered the reading to be the least important honor.
Apr
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reviewed Reviewed Borrowing money without clear plan of how to pay it back
Apr
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revised Borrowing money without clear plan of how to pay it back
I tried to fix the grammar in the first sentence. The second sentence was confusing and appeared to add little to the question. If this is not what you intended, please revise.
Apr
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comment Borrowing money without clear plan of how to pay it back
Welcome to Mi Yodeya. I hope you register as a user so that you can get more benefit from this site. I edited your post a bit -- I deleted the second sentence which was difficult to understand and seemed to not add anything. Please revise if it had more meaning.
Apr
8
comment What appropriate amount of tzedakah for mi sheberech?
who says this? It seems a bit much for a mishaberach.
Apr
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reviewed Leave Closed Hechserim on Matzos
Apr
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comment Hidden treasure for speaking lashon Harah?
Maybe tzoraas was a blessing -- then we got direct warning from Hashem to stop saying loshon hara. Now we say it without thinking twice and will face the consequences for all of our deeds sometime later.
Apr
8
comment Why is a present day convert not obligated to read the Torah passage about the sacrifice he will have to bring in the future?
@menachem , DoubleAA - please see my completely revised answer.
Apr
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revised Why is a present day convert not obligated to read the Torah passage about the sacrifice he will have to bring in the future?
I am completely changing my answer in response to Rabbi Fruendel's explanation.
Apr
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awarded  Revival
Apr
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accepted Who gets shelishi if there are no Israelim?
Apr
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asked Who gets shelishi if there are no Israelim?
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asked Why isn't chocolate considered to be kitniyos?
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awarded  Notable Question