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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.


Dec
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reviewed Close Would a righteous child who dies before bar mitzvah go to Gan Eden, if his father is held culpable for his sins?
Dec
1
answered Good vs. Evil (wrong)
Dec
1
reviewed Leave Open Is da'as torah a natural process or supernatural?
Dec
1
comment Does killing a pest make a person unclean?
Welcome to Mi Yodeya. Question: Assuming that everyone is tamei at the present time (for numerous reasons), how can anything make it worse?
Nov
26
reviewed Reopen Which parts of Tachnun to skip
Nov
26
revised What to do if you made hamotze on something requiring mezonot?
added tag
Nov
25
answered Being more stringent than your Rebbe
Nov
25
comment Being more stringent than your Rebbe
The rabbi who converted me some years back told me that he didn't mind if his converts went to the right of him, except for one circumstance where a convert joined the Neturei Karta and started saying terrible things about Israel. My rav tracked him down and threatened to revoke his conversion if he continued. The kid dropped out of the NK and later apologized.
Nov
25
comment Christianity as a test for jews
If you except the 1805 version of Toldos Yeshu, as some esteemed rabbis did, then you have the interesting question about the role Simon/Peter played in secret for the rabbis in intentionally turning the early Christian church into something far less Jewish than it had been before.
Nov
23
comment Is Bas Kol the heavenly voice always correct and how to identify Bas Kol from evil whispering?
@Gary: If you thought you heard a bas kol, how would you know it was G-d and not your imagination? G-d ceased prophecy, after the survivors of the first exile died out (which would be with the death of the minor prophets who were part of the Anshei Knesset Gedolah. See vbm-torah.org/archive/yeru2/29yeru.htm for a nice explanation with sources.
Nov
21
comment Is Bas Kol the heavenly voice always correct and how to identify Bas Kol from evil whispering?
@Gary there is a lot of interesting commentary on the topic of prophecy. Eg that after the destruction of the 1st Temple, G-d's spirit, the Ruach HaKoesh, slowly distanced itself from the Temple Mount, as it waited for the Jews to return (spiritually), but eventually gave up, and subsequently the capability of prophecy for anyone was lost. But the issue here is Deut 30:11-12 -- the Torah is NOT in Heaven, nor is it far away that we shoul have to struggle with it; neither is it too difficult to follow. With Free Will and the Torah, we should be able to do right alone without intervention.
Nov
21
awarded  Necromancer
Nov
20
comment Can a man who has undergone a gender change give his wife a Get?
The threshold issue for me is whether a transgender person (not to include those whose gender had been previously uncertain through physical appearance) changes his sexual status for halachic purposes.
Nov
20
asked Is there a communal responsibility to ensure that its Torah scholars are dressed and groomed appropriately?
Nov
20
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?
@Shalom I like how you delicately put it ["anatomic reaction"].
Nov
20
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?
@shalom How did R. Getzel Ellinson challenge Rav Moshe? What was his analysis?
Nov
20
comment Would a convert/Ba'al Teshuvah have to remove any tattoos they may have?
@SethJ: Rabbi Ephraim Oshry used the issue of "wounding" for his psak halakha telling Holocaust victims that they didn't have to remove their tatoos. But as I note in the answer, lo yosif is used as the basis for a heter -- if a person would feel better if the tatoo was removed, then under Rav Moshe's psak, it can be done, because you can wound yourself if doing so results in your perception that you are better off. That is also the basis for permitting any cosmetic surgery; otherwise, lo yosif would be a basis for prohibiting any cosmetic surgery.
Nov
20
comment Is Bas Kol the heavenly voice always correct and how to identify Bas Kol from evil whispering?
@Gary. Prophecy, after Moshe, did not reveal new laws. Sometimes a prophet confirmed a teaching from the Oral tradition re specifics as to how to perform mitzvos; but no new laws were transmitted by G-d via prophets.
Nov
20
accepted If a convert goes off the derekh, must he go to the mikvah again after he repents?
Nov
19
comment Loshon Hara against public Jewish and non-Jewish figures
It seems to me that the rabbis should say, generally, "I personally don't support candidates who believe in the following ...." and then suggest that voters read the candidates own literature to see what they stand for and reach appropriate conclusions. Or, simply endorse the candidate you like and ignore the others being careful not to mention menschen. Alas, we don't see much of that lately.