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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.


Jul
3
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Jun
15
awarded  Good Answer
May
28
comment Understanding “The Bruriah Incident”
This explanation bothers me. The Gemara (A.Z. 18a) is trying to explain R. Meir's self-exile. The Gemara cites the brothel incident as one reason, and the cryptic "missa Bruriah" for a second possibility. Rashi's detailed discussion is there to explain the second. It seems to be too detailed to be a mistake. Perhaps Rashi brought down a mesorah that was taught but suppressed from the public (it is, after all, terrible loshon hora); the error may have been in the decision to reveal it. Given R. Meir's plot to embarrass R. Shimon ben Gamliel (Hor. 13b) R. Meir appears to lack good judgment.
May
23
awarded  Popular Question
May
19
accepted Were there any sages who supported the Zealots during the seige of Jerusalem?
May
19
comment Am I Supposed to Believe that the Messiah is coming today, or that he is coming generally
I recall a Hasidic story that suggested that we should be prepared for Moshiach's immediate arrival at all times. The story relates that a Hasid heard that the Moshiach was at the town center and he should hurry to greet him. The Hasid went to put on his best clothes, but noticed that they were in need of repair. By the time he made himself presentable, the Moshiach had gone on to another town. Sorry I can't remember the source.
Apr
21
accepted Is metzitzah b'peh required when an adult is circumcised or in the case of hatafas dam bris?
Apr
13
awarded  Good Question
Mar
30
comment Does Jewish tradition indicate that Jewish people tend to be rude?
@MonicaCellio When parents and their children charge the table, and no one corrects them, it becomes accepted behavior. I have not been to a shul or a Jewish event of any size where this wasn't the common behavior.
Mar
25
answered Does Jewish tradition indicate that Jewish people tend to be rude?
Mar
13
revised Is this really in the Talmud?
"no where" changed to "nowhere." It's one word, not two.
Mar
13
reviewed Approve Reason behind pinky during hagba
Mar
4
comment Can a Jew have a non-Jewish “bashert” or vice-versa?
As I understand it, the convert's Jewish soul existed and was present at Mt. Sinai, but did not fully join his body until he converted. Nevertheless, there must be some element of that soul in one's body. I know that one reason I decided to convert was that all of my ideas on religion turned out to be Jewish.
Feb
18
comment Is it possible that Judaism would one day allow eating pork?
What about genetically altered animals?
Feb
18
revised Is it possible that Judaism would one day allow eating pork?
Substituted species for animals.
Feb
18
revised Is it possible that Judaism would one day allow eating pork?
Fixed a missing attribution.
Feb
18
comment Is there a halacha for writing a biography of a gadol? If so, what is it?
@Nafkamina I suspect that the sons might themselves write a biography of Rabbi Anemer, z'tl.
Feb
18
answered Is it possible that Judaism would one day allow eating pork?
Feb
18
comment Is there a halacha for writing a biography of a gadol? If so, what is it?
@Nafkamina I will only say that he died a sudden and violent death and that he is buried in Bet Shemesh. Also, there is a very long eulogy written on his matzevah by his son, referring to the Rav as a martyr, among other things.
Feb
18
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