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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
31
answered Permissible laundry during the 9 days
Jul
30
reviewed Leave Open “Hello” and “sincerely” when writting letters
Jul
30
reviewed Close Women and mayim achronim
Jul
30
reviewed Reopen Why is there no more animal sacrifice as our forefathers did?
Jul
29
comment Hunting in Judaism
Killing a creature for fun strikes me as a waste.
Jul
28
reviewed Edit Machine-Readable Torah
Jul
28
revised Machine-Readable Torah
I think this is what you're asking; if not, rephrase it.
Jul
25
comment Which tehillim are best to say for the welfare of soldiers at war?
@doubleAA -- I can never recall which tehillim that our rabbi calls out at prayer vigils, but as I recall, they seem similar to those done by other rebbeim.
Jul
25
asked Which tehillim are best to say for the welfare of soldiers at war?
Jul
24
awarded  halacha
Jul
22
revised Is the Story About Members of Beis Shammai Killing Members of Beis Hillil True?
added an adjective in opening paragraph.
Jul
21
awarded  Nice Question
Jul
21
comment Should a Jewish cashier scan treif items?
would the plastic wrapping around the carcass salso make a difference for a kohen since he would not be touching the carcass directly?
Jul
21
revised Who gets shelishi if there are no Israelim?
fixed a typo
Jul
20
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is one allowed to smoke Marijuana?
Jul
17
comment What is the Orthodox Jewish position regarding a criminal ban on abortion?
The on-topic question would be how has rabbinic authorities responded to secular laws that ban abortions in all cases. Attorneys for Agudath Israel have filed amicus briefs with the Supreme Court on abortion cases arguing that where state laws banning abortion in all cases, including where the mother's life is in jeopardy, violate Jewish 1st Amendment rights. The briefs cite Jewish laws that make abortion mandatory in order to save the mother's life.
Jul
14
reviewed Close Minhag of Kos Pagum
Jul
14
reviewed Close curse words and the Torah
Jul
14
reviewed Reviewed Satmar and Mishnah Berurah
Jul
14
comment Satmar and Mishnah Berurah
Welcome to Mi Yodeya. Interesting first question. I think that there are other communities, including a few Litvishe yeshivas (but I'm not sure which ones) that look at other authorities ahead of the Mishna Berurah, and I'd also like to know which ones.