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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.


Feb
28
asked Was Lot, himself, sodomized when he first moved into Sodom?
Feb
28
comment Is Halal Meat Kosher?
@Ali: Tell me, wouldn't the shochet's blessing, which recognizes G-d as "King of the Universe" be sufficient to make the kosher meat Halal? Don't Muslims consider kosher meat to be acceptable to them?
Feb
28
revised Is Halal Meat Kosher?
the word "who" was extraneous.
Feb
28
comment What are some of the old commentaries prior to 1 BCE of the Torah?
@DoubleAA: Yes. In an English translation it is 127 pages (without Hebrew on opposite pages). Until he gets to the post Talmudic history of the yeshiva, it is pretty interesting. The last two chapters are very dry, though. This Iggeres, btw, was Rambam's source for his introduction to the Mishna Torah.
Feb
28
answered What are some of the old commentaries prior to 1 BCE of the Torah?
Feb
27
comment May I buy and use cheap fakes instead of paying full price for brand-name clothes?
@ShmuelBrin: I increased the value of the fake watch to $250. I was recalling what I once saw them selling for at Liberty Park in Manhattan -- but that was a long time ago.
Feb
27
revised May I buy and use cheap fakes instead of paying full price for brand-name clothes?
Increased the price of the fake rolex.
Feb
26
revised How does one improve memory?
minor edit for sentence flow.
Feb
26
revised How did Achashverosh not think that Mordechai would be disturbed by the decree to kill all the Jews?
adding a missing letter
Feb
26
comment Asking a shaila where disclosure of classified information might be necessary
Got the answer: According to Prof. Eugene Fidell of Yale Law School, "Interesting question, but in my opinion he [congregant] would have no defense [to charges of unlawful disclosure of classified information]. The solution here is to consult a uniformed rabbi." I replied jokingly, "isn't a black suit, white shirt and black hat a 'uniform'?"
Feb
26
comment Asking a shaila where disclosure of classified information might be necessary
Back in the "Year of the Spy" (1986), I, too had a TS/SCI clearance, and as I said to Seth, I think you're right. But I've asked the question of a Yale professor I know who would know for sure. The question, I think, has come up with people and their psychiatrists, including works of fiction discussing a president's psychiatrist.
Feb
26
comment Asking a shaila where disclosure of classified information might be necessary
@SethJ: Personally, I think you're right, which makes the first option I mentioned (basically letting the rabbi trust the congregant's determination that his presence at work is essential) more important. I've sent this question to a friend who teaches government employment law at Yale. He is an expert in this issue and I will pass on his answer if he gives me one.
Feb
26
answered May I buy and use cheap fakes instead of paying full price for brand-name clothes?
Feb
26
asked Asking a shaila where disclosure of classified information might be necessary
Feb
26
comment Setting aside Shabbat to answer the President's call
On Yom Kippur in 1996, I was in the Yereshun Synagogue in Jerusalem sitting next to the then very elderly former NRP leader Yosef Berg -- a member of several Israeli cabinets. During the break I sat there in awe as he told me how the entire cabinet had met in a room just behind the bimah of that synagogue on Yom Kippur 1973 as the country was mobilizing for war and responding to the Egyptian and Syrian attacks.
Feb
26
answered What is a “migu”
Feb
25
revised What were the marriage rights of the temporary wives of Rav and Rav Nachman?
Edited in consideration of msh's comments.
Feb
25
comment What does the Megillah mean when it says Mordechai was “dover shalom” to all his seed?
@Sethj: They are not duplicates. ba is closer to where I am thinking -- that context suggests that Mordechai spoke peace to the entire community. But that really is only half of the issue; how did he convey words of peace? Did he urge tolerance for fellow Jews or the gentiles? On the other hand, I heard a tape from Rabbi Frand that cites this verse as an instruction for child rearing.
Feb
25
asked What are the differences between G-d's mitzvos, chukkim and mishpatim?
Feb
25
revised What were the marriage rights of the temporary wives of Rav and Rav Nachman?
Attempting to write the title to address all three questions.