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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
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
awarded  Popular Question
Feb
16
awarded  Popular Question
Feb
9
awarded  Altruist
Feb
4
comment How big is the baalei tshuva movement resulting from the “Art Scroll Revolution”?
@danno - It occurs to me that the study would define the term or otherwise describe the scope of the universe it is testing.
Feb
3
comment Are there any sources that prohibit childhood vaccinations?
I heard recently that Rabbi Yitzhok Charner, shlita, principal of the Torah School in Silver Spring, Maryland, was confronted by parents who didn't want to vaccinate their child. He asked them which of the legal exemptions would they be using. They said the "religious exemption." "What religion would that be? Judaism does not forbid vaccinations."
Feb
3
comment How big is the baalei tshuva movement resulting from the “Art Scroll Revolution”?
@IsaacMoses this type of research also would come out in a detailed marketing study.
Feb
3
comment How big is the baalei tshuva movement resulting from the “Art Scroll Revolution”?
@LN6595 I think that the question I pose is one of a type that Sociologists would be familiar with. You can quantify book sales and mark them in time; you can quantify (over time) growth in Orthodox synagogue membership, growth in Jewish day schools, and growth of Kosher restaurants, for example. I think there are also estimates of daf yomi participation out there too. Plenty of info for a PhD candidate with time and patience. But the answer may be "not yet" as no one has yet tried to tackle the research.
Feb
3
asked How big is the baalei tshuva movement resulting from the “Art Scroll Revolution”?