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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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awarded  Yearling
Dec
23
comment What to do in a case of no siddur available and additions to the Shemoneh Esrei?
When Moshe prayed for his sister, he did not use a formal prayer, or even use her Hebrew name. He simply said, "heal her." Formal written prayers are more for our convenience, I would think, than for G-d's benefit.
Dec
23
comment Why might we think that Moses did not write Parashat Bil'am?
You might get a necromanceer or reviver badge from it, too. That and $5 will get you an espresso at Starbucks. Enjoy.
Dec
23
reviewed Approve Should I close my eyes for the shmona estrai or look in the siddur?
Dec
23
comment Why might we think that Moses did not write Parashat Bil'am?
I accepted your answer this morning, but then Matt came out with a better answer, and I've switched it. Sorry about that. I'm fickle enough that if you greatly improve your answer, I might decide to switch again. ;-)
Dec
23
comment Why might we think that Moses did not write Parashat Bil'am?
I'm switching my acceptance (which I had just made today) for your excellent, though tardy, answer. Good job. Sorry Ofer.
Dec
23
accepted Why might we think that Moses did not write Parashat Bil'am?
Dec
22
reviewed Close What is the Jewish view on Adam's footprint in Sri Lanka?
Dec
22
comment Assuming Christianity is Avodah Zarah (RamBam), can I get my car fixed by a gentile right before/during Nittle Nacht?
@rosenjcb I asked my rav once how Jews can sell gifts to Christians before Christmas if they are idolators per the discussion in the 1st Mishna in Avodah Zara. He said that we don't hold them to be idolators. How is Rambam's view distinguished?
Dec
22
comment Early descriptions of the Foundation Stone
@DoubleAA I thought that's what I said. I want to know if the tradition has textual sources in Tanach, or if at least there are Biblical descriptions of such a flat rock that the Patriarchs, David and Solomon recognized as having special significance.
Dec
22
asked Early descriptions of the Foundation Stone
Dec
22
comment Assuming Christianity is Avodah Zarah (RamBam), can I get my car fixed by a gentile right before/during Nittle Nacht?
Does the Rambam really hold that Christianity is avodah zara??? Where? I don't think that's how we hold today.
Dec
22
reviewed Approve How many years before Yakov did Rochel die?
Dec
21
awarded  Mortarboard
Dec
21
revised Whose portrait hung in Rav Elyashiv's home?
Correcting reference to second photograph in apartment being of the Lashem, the Rav's grandfather -- not father.
Dec
21
reviewed Close How long do you really need to keep your sideburns?
Dec
21
awarded  Necromancer
Dec
21
awarded  Revival
Dec
21
answered Whose portrait hung in Rav Elyashiv's home?
Dec
17
reviewed Close Should we say Leelou Nishmat ou Leelou Nishmata for a deceased woman?