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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.


Apr
21
accepted Is metzitzah b'peh required when an adult is circumcised or in the case of hatafas dam bris?
Dec
29
accepted Whatever happened to plumbas?
Dec
23
accepted Why might we think that Moses did not write Parashat Bil'am?
Dec
4
accepted What are the chief sources for requiring Jews to litigate in a beis din rather than in a civil court?
Nov
20
accepted If a convert goes off the derekh, must he go to the mikvah again after he repents?
Sep
22
accepted What is the reason behind blowing the shofar from the side of one's mouth?
Jun
29
accepted Is the Story About Members of Beis Shammai Killing Members of Beis Hillel True?
Jun
29
accepted What were the marriage rights of the temporary wives of Rav and Rav Nachman?
Jun
24
accepted Getting body piercings
May
26
accepted What is the source for not using honorifics like “rav” or “hacohen” when reciting names for mishaberachs?
May
20
accepted Is it forbidden to wear a snap-brim Borsolino fedora on Shabbos?
May
20
accepted What happens to the obligation of rivai when a new fruit tree reaches its third or fourth year during Shmitah?
Apr
14
accepted What sages were known to have revived the dead?
Apr
8
accepted Who gets shelishi if there are no Israelim?
Mar
2
accepted Is there a substantive difference in meaning when the Torah uses the Hebrew verb root דבר rather than אמר?
Dec
31
accepted What parts of the Septuagint are and are not reliable?
Dec
24
accepted If a woman had more than one husband, to which would she be united at the Resurrection?
Dec
24
accepted How could the Temple have become tamei?
Dec
20
accepted Talmud's statement concerning people who believe G-d did not command all 613 mitzvos
Dec
12
accepted If the label says O-U D, but the warning label for allery sufferers says “no dairy”, do we consider the product dairy or not?