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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.


Oct
21
awarded  Popular Question
Oct
8
comment How is Rav Feinstein's psak regarding subway travel and the sexes distinguished today by those wanting to sit separately on buses and planes?
@DoubleAA if men who want/need separate seating have so little self-control....
Oct
7
revised How is Rav Feinstein's psak regarding subway travel and the sexes distinguished today by those wanting to sit separately on buses and planes?
added an example of one other question.
Oct
7
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Can an immersion heater be used to kasher a sink? Does anyone have experience with this?
Oct
7
asked How is Rav Feinstein's psak regarding subway travel and the sexes distinguished today by those wanting to sit separately on buses and planes?
Oct
7
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What's the best way to make wick-and-oil work for Chanukah?
Oct
7
reviewed Reopen Does Satmar have their own form of Chassidus?
Oct
7
reviewed Close Keeping two days of Yom Tov in Israel
Oct
7
reviewed Close Do you have to believe that someone is Jewish?
Oct
7
comment Do you have to believe that someone is Jewish?
If this is edited as Lee suggests, I would vote to reopen.
Oct
7
comment Two Days of Yom Tov for Visitors
It seems to me that in the days of the Beis HaMikdash, pilgrims from outside the Land would hold the number of days as in the Temple. How did the rabbanim address that fact? Also there are some Orthodox rabbis, notably Rabbi Dr. Barry Fruendel and Rabbi Yitzhok Breitowitz who have held that visitors to Israel can observe one day yomtov.
Oct
7
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How are Spartans the son of Abraham?
Oct
7
reviewed Approve suggested edit on how-to tag wiki excerpt
Oct
3
reviewed Reviewed What should a Jew do if encountered by ISIS?
Oct
3
reviewed Approve suggested edit on When can you build the sukkah?
Oct
1
reviewed Approve suggested edit on are homosexual relations forbidden by God? Why?
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
24
revised Was there sentient life with free will in the worlds that G-d destroyed before making our world?
Added opening for other explanations.
Sep
23
comment Government “swearing-in” ceremony
@DoubleAA because the premise is wrong.
Sep
23
comment Government “swearing-in” ceremony
@DoubleAA: I don't have time to discuss it now, but I don't believe that affirming the truth of one's testimony, or affirming that you will follow the Constitution under secular law has the same binding power of a Shavua. As for examples of a shavua made on a Torah scroll, I can't find any in the Gemara, but I may not be using the right search terms. I found things in Sanhedrin where someone would swear by the Law of Moses, generally, but I believe the outcome there was that he said nothing. Please show me an example that says the last paragraph is wrong.