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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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revised Does a buyer owe a seller anything for a windfall that neither knew about at the time of the sale?
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Mar
10
comment Innocent babies killed in flood
@Sta: Welcome to Mi Yodeya. You ask a good question, but it is similar to the broader question of why do bad things happen to children today? Therefore, your question is duplicative to the question Gershon Gold links to in his comment. You might want to read Rabbi Benjamin Blech's book, "If God Is Good, Why Is The World So Bad?" There he challenges the belief that an all-powerful G-d and bad things happening to people are mutually exclusive ideas.
Mar
10
reviewed Close Who is this woman keturah in פרשת חיי שרה
Mar
10
asked What is the source for the view that the Third Temple will be built by G-d and transported intact to Jerusalem?
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accepted Is there a substantive difference in meaning when the Torah uses the Hebrew verb root דבר rather than אמר?
Feb
27
comment Is there a substantive difference in meaning when the Torah uses the Hebrew verb root דבר rather than אמר?
@Danno Sounds like a reasonable answer.
Feb
27
asked Does a buyer owe a seller anything for a windfall that neither knew about at the time of the sale?
Feb
27
asked Is there a substantive difference in meaning when the Torah uses the Hebrew verb root דבר rather than אמר?
Feb
18
comment Why did God do nothing against the Romans that desecrated the Temple?
This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post - you can always comment on your own posts, and once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post.
Feb
18
reviewed Reviewed Why was Yam Suf necessary according to Rabenu Chananel?
Feb
18
comment Why was Yam Suf necessary according to Rabenu Chananel?
Welcome to Mi Yodeya Rivka. Nice question. Is this a question for which you already know the answer? If not, what made you think to ask it?
Feb
18
comment Why are newer tefillin matte, while older ones are shiny
A friend who is a S.T.A.M-appoved sofer told me the requirement is only that they be black. Shiny or not is up to the buyer.
Feb
16
revised Succah with mosquito netting
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Feb
16
asked Succah with mosquito netting
Feb
13
comment Jewish culture differences singled out by Nazism?
@IsaacMoses I'm surprised that my revision of the question did not help. Rabbis have long taken positions on the spiritual causes of the Shoah,including blaming secularization and Zionism. Was my edit peer reviewed?
Feb
12
answered Jewish culture differences singled out by Nazism?
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12
reviewed Edit Jewish culture differences singled out by Nazism?
Feb
12
revised Jewish culture differences singled out by Nazism?
Changed to fit better into the format of a Mi Yodeya question by eliminating cause for speculation and opinion.
Feb
12
comment Jewish culture differences singled out by Nazism?
I think you have the basis for a question that might fit into the format of Mi Yodeya, specifically, and Stackhouse, generally. I'm going to edit your question to focus on what post-Holocaust Jewish scholars believe, since that does not ask posters for their personal opinion, but rather something that has more meaning, perhaps.
Feb
12
reviewed Close Recividism and teshuvah