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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
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.
Nov
19
comment Loshon Hara against public Jewish and non-Jewish figures
@Matt This question is about the nonsense we had a couple of years ago where rabbis were calling other rabbis (even from the same religious spectrum), secular Jewish candidates, and the followers of any of the above, very nasty things about their character, religiosity, etc., and asserting that they and anyone who supports them are rashayim (evil people). Can one say not to vote for X because: "X is an adulterer" or "X supports gay rights" or "X supports drafting religious Jews." In one case "X was a rasha" because he broke from Gimel to run his own candidate.
Nov
19
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
19
comment Would a convert/Ba'al Teshuvah have to remove any tattoos they may have?
@SethJ I pointed out it is not an obligation for a Jew to remove a tatoo. How could it be an obligation for a convert to remove a tatoo?
Nov
19
comment Is there a problem with “Mar'it ayin” by attending a company picnic?
If I must go to one of these, or to any office event, I am very careful not to eat anything unless I brought it myself. Whether or not it is maris ayin, one who is not careful creates problems later for himself and for other observant Jews who work there because someone will say, "I saw you eat such and such before, why won't you eat MY food?"
Nov
19
answered Contradictions between Federal and State Laws as they relate to Dina De'Malchusa
Nov
19
revised Loshon Hara against public Jewish and non-Jewish figures
Adding question about whether rabbis have special authority to say loshon hara in the "community interst"
Nov
19
comment Would a convert/Ba'al Teshuvah have to remove any tattoos they may have?
@SethJ Dr. Price's tatoos predated his trip to the Mikvah. The Beit Din at the time, in my opinion, was pretty illustrious and his tatoo would have been obvious when he disrobed. That beit din, as I recall, included R. Hillel Klavan, shlita, R. Philip Rabinowitz, zt'l, and R. Simon Burnstein, zt'l. Given that Dr. Price was black and the conversion was in the late 1960s, the panel was very very careful. If a tatoo had been a sufficient basis to hold up the conversion, they would have used it, and stalled until he had it removed. Note Rabbi G. Anemer endorsed the conversion.
Nov
19
answered Is Bas Kol the heavenly voice always correct and how to identify Bas Kol from evil whispering?
Nov
19
awarded  Talkative
Nov
19
comment If a convert goes off the derekh, must he go to the mikvah again after he repents?
@IsaacMoses Yes, I have suggested a rabbi we both know.
Nov
19
comment If a convert goes off the derekh, must he go to the mikvah again after he repents?
do you know to what degree the rabbinic custom mentioned there is still followed? As for the source of information the geores received, he was a rav of a shul, but he is currently having legal difficulties and not in a position to explain that advice or his motivation for giving it.