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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.


Mar
27
reviewed Reviewed Why are women unclean longer after giving birth to a girl?
Mar
27
comment Why are women unclean longer after giving birth to a girl?
Welcome to Mi Yodeya. I like where you're going with this, but would you mind fleshing out what you meant in your last sentence by summarizing what is in the link. A brief summary might better encourage people to go to the link.
Mar
27
revised Do the sages ever use the word “Jews” to describe the B'nai Israel before the Assyrian captivity?
I changed the focus of the question from one asking a semantic question to one focusing on rabbinic sources that may or may not have used the term "Jew" to describe the b'nai Israel prior to the Assyrian captivity.
Mar
27
comment Reading a newspaper
Rabbi Gedaliah Anemer, zt'l, Founder and Rosh HaYeshiva of Yeshiva of Greater Washington, and rav of Young Israel Shomrai Emunah in Silver Spring, was known to read the news section of the Washington Post on Shabbos, and sometimes commented on that day's news in his Shabbos address from the bimah (on the rare occassions he spoke about current events).
Mar
27
comment Reading a newspaper
@DoubleAA Here is a good article about the dispute over the Netziv's position on reading newspapers on Shabbos, even within his own family, and attempts to censor the opinion that newspapers are permitted reading. seforim.blogspot.com/2014/03/…
Mar
27
comment Is Christianity Avodah Zara?
@FrankLuke So is it Christian doctrine that angels have free will and can rebel against HaShem? Who says that? Judaism holds that angels have no free will and only do the bidding of G-d.
Mar
26
comment Is Christianity Avodah Zara?
I've considered Christianity's belief that Satan is not under the full dominion of G-d to be avodah zarah as well. In effect, Christians create a dualistic approach where G-d creates all that is good, while Satan creates all that is evil (in contradiction to Isa. 45:7 which says G-d creates both good and evil). What protestant denominations adopt this view of the Satan?
Mar
26
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is Christianity Avodah Zara?
Mar
26
answered The difference between שור and פר
Mar
26
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
25
reviewed Reviewed If Yom Kippur hypothetically fell on Sunday, would you make havdalah?
Mar
25
comment If Yom Kippur hypothetically fell on Sunday, would you make havdalah?
Welcome to Mi Yodeya. I'm wracking my brain trying to remember if the Gemara asked this question already. I thought it did, but I'll have to research. My gut tells me that havdalah would be pushed off until after YK.
Mar
25
reviewed Close Vodka distilled on shabbat
Mar
25
reviewed Close What is the difference between sephardi and ashkenazi rituals?
Mar
25
comment Vodka distilled on shabbat
This strikes me as a question for a rav.
Mar
24
asked Is the Story About Members of Beis Shammai Killing Members of Beis Hillil True?
Mar
24
answered Who were members of Beth Shammai?
Mar
12
answered Does a buyer owe a seller anything for a windfall that neither knew about at the time of the sale?
Mar
12
comment Does a buyer owe a seller anything for a windfall that neither knew about at the time of the sale?
What about the parenthetical after "market value" in your answer that says "source"? I thought you were planning to fill that in and left it as a place-holder.
Mar
12
revised Did Isaiah ever believe that Hezekiah was the Messiah?
edited in response to comments and added in facts not presented originally.