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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.


Sep
4
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Questions regarding the melacha of “borer” - separating / sorting on Shabbat
Aug
24
comment What side does someone with Situs inversus bang
I think I saw this discussed in one of Raabi J DavId Bleich's books.
Aug
11
asked Do the seven types of Perushim described at Sotah 22b refer to the Essenes?
Aug
5
comment Why is Maimonides View of Karbonot not Consistent with Messianic Times
I don't think there is any question that Rambam davened te same Mussaf prayer that asks for the return of the Temple service.
Aug
5
comment Why is Maimonides View of Karbonot not Consistent with Messianic Times
@JJLL If you amend your question to ask what your comment asks, I'd bet DoubleAA would reverse his downvote and give you an upvote.
Aug
1
asked How can Jewish merchants sell their wares to Christians before their holidays?
Aug
1
comment Am I supposed to Ignore Most Non-Religious Jews?
We don't ignore them. If they are wealthy, and willing to make a substantial donation, some yeshiva will honor them at their annual banquet or name a wing for them. I'm only half-joking. Rabbi Emanuel Feldman's son, Amram Feldman, zt'l, discussed this issue with a classmate of his from Ner Israel. The classmate's plan was to write-off the non-frum. Amram said: "Do you remember the really old plaques in the [yeshiva's] hallway of major contributors? Do you think even one of them was a shomer shabbos? They weren't! We can't write off the non-frum."
Jul
31
reviewed Close How come Metzudat Tzion never did a perush of difficult words in the chumash?
Jul
31
comment Walking In-front of Someone Davening Shemona Esrei
If a chair is not an interposition, and you're davening right in front of someone else, what keeps you from violating this prohibition? If sitting is prohibited, what does the person who cannot stand long (because of disability) have to do if the fellow standing behind his seat davens long?
Jul
31
answered Permissible laundry during the 9 days
Jul
30
reviewed Leave Open “Hello” and “sincerely” when writting letters
Jul
30
reviewed Close Women and mayim achronim
Jul
30
reviewed Reopen Why is there no more animal sacrifice as our forefathers did?
Jul
29
comment Hunting in Judaism
Killing a creature for fun strikes me as a waste.
Jul
28
reviewed Edit Machine-Readable Torah
Jul
28
revised Machine-Readable Torah
I think this is what you're asking; if not, rephrase it.
Jul
25
comment Which tehillim are best to say for the welfare of soldiers at war?
@doubleAA -- I can never recall which tehillim that our rabbi calls out at prayer vigils, but as I recall, they seem similar to those done by other rebbeim.
Jul
25
asked Which tehillim are best to say for the welfare of soldiers at war?
Jul
24
awarded  halacha
Jul
22
revised Is the Story About Members of Beis Shammai Killing Members of Beis Hillil True?
added an adjective in opening paragraph.