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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.


Jul
2
comment Can a gentile pray in a synagogue?
@DanF In my shul, non-Jews are not given tallisim, and my Rav told me that I could not until I completed the conversion. In contrast, however, Rabbi Barry Fruendel has conversion candidates put on tallisim about half-way through their process (at least that's what one of his married converts told me) in order to have them appreciate the mitzvah. I suspect that he might have other reasons, but I haven't asked. I don't think a window-shopping potential convert should do so. At least let them be further along and under a rabbi's guidance.
Jul
2
awarded  Inquisitive
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jul
2
comment Why can an Eruv be made in cities nowadays?
I'm confused. These are your notes from where?
Jul
2
answered Can a gentile pray in a synagogue?
Jul
1
revised Compare and Contrast: Artscroll and Koren Talmud Bavli
Edited the second paragraph to make it seek answers that are more objective rather than opinion.
Jul
1
reviewed Reviewed Compare and Contrast: Artscroll and Koren Talmud Bavli
Jul
1
comment Compare and Contrast: Artscroll and Koren Talmud Bavli
Welcome to Mi Yodeya. I think that the only problem with your question is where you ask which is better; "better" is a subjective question that we try to avoid in stackexchange sites. I like the idea of a straight compare and contrast -- people then can decide which is better for them.
Jul
1
reviewed Reviewed Can I use kibud av v'em to get my son to date somebody?
Jul
1
comment Can I use kibud av v'em to get my son to date somebody?
Welcome to Mi Yodeya. I think that the on-going mitzvah to procreate is the primary obligation, and the fear of attending parent-teacher conferences into one's 50s would be incentive enough for me. A good friend of mine, who had his first children (twins) at age 51 recognized that by the time he needs a wheel chair, his sons might be old enough to push.
Jul
1
reviewed Close Sewage treatment on Shabbos
Jul
1
reviewed Close Can a woman lead bentching/birchat hamazon?
Jul
1
comment Glow sticks on Shabbos
Rabbi Gedaliah Anemer, zt'l, Rosh HaYeshiva of the Yeshiva of Greater Washington, told me that one can only start the chemical reaction in chem sticks before Shabbos, but thereafter, they are not muksa since nothing you do will put them out. We used them in shul during a hurricane-caused power outage back when I was gabbai.
Jul
1
awarded  Enlightened
Jul
1
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
29
accepted Is the Story About Members of Beis Shammai Killing Members of Beis Hillil True?
Jun
29
accepted What were the marriage rights of the temporary wives of Rav and Rav Nachman?
Jun
25
reviewed Leave Open What's the oldest continuously-existing, still-open kosher restaurant?
Jun
25
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How Many Stones to Place on a Grave?
Jun
24
accepted Getting body piercings