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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.


Nov
12
reviewed Approve suggested edit on May a woman who has had an affair remain married to her husband?
Nov
10
reviewed Close Zohar Origins - Why is it accepted as emes?
Nov
10
reviewed Close Tzanua…Not Tznius!
Nov
10
comment Hotels, electronic keys, and shabbat
On kosher cruises, they recommend that you lock all of your valuables in the room safe and then keep the door unlcocked when you're away by using something (e.g. tape) to cover the hole where the bolt goes. One company gave me a small magnetic ruler that did the job perfectly, but I lost it.
Oct
30
comment When did people living for 900 years start to look old?
I want to answer "as soon as their children became teenagers" but that would be too flippant.
Oct
30
asked Why did Ashkenazi Jews not adopt the custom of reading the Book of Job in synagogue on Tisha B'Av, as Sephardim do?
Oct
29
comment If a Jewish neighbor becomes the subject of a scandal, is it loshon hara to follow it in the press?
@GeminiMan I'm just trying to stay away from the public figure area. If it doesn't matter that you're talking about Dinah the movie star and Reb Plonie the local butcher, then say so.
Oct
29
asked If a Jewish neighbor becomes the subject of a scandal, is it loshon hara to follow it in the press?
Oct
26
revised Government “swearing-in” ceremony
I have deleted last paragraph b/c the Talmud does reference oaths on Torah.
Oct
21
awarded  Popular Question
Oct
7
revised How is Rav Feinstein's psak regarding subway travel and the sexes distinguished today by those wanting to sit separately on buses and planes?
added an example of one other question.
Oct
7
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Can an immersion heater be used to kasher a sink? Does anyone have experience with this?
Oct
7
asked How is Rav Feinstein's psak regarding subway travel and the sexes distinguished today by those wanting to sit separately on buses and planes?
Oct
7
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What's the best way to make wick-and-oil work for Chanukah?
Oct
7
reviewed Reopen Does Satmar have their own form of Chassidus?
Oct
7
reviewed Close Keeping two days of Yom Tov in Israel
Oct
7
reviewed Close Do you have to believe that someone is Jewish?
Oct
7
comment Do you have to believe that someone is Jewish?
If this is edited as Lee suggests, I would vote to reopen.
Oct
7
comment Two Days of Yom Tov for Visitors
It seems to me that in the days of the Beis HaMikdash, pilgrims from outside the Land would hold the number of days as in the Temple. How did the rabbanim address that fact? Also there are some Orthodox rabbis, notably Rabbi Dr. Barry Fruendel and Rabbi Yitzhok Breitowitz who have held that visitors to Israel can observe one day yomtov.
Oct
7
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How are Spartans the son of Abraham?