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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
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.
Feb
25
asked What does the Megillah mean when it says Mordechai was “dover shalom” to all his seed?
Feb
25
asked What were the marriage rights of the temporary wives of Rav and Rav Nachman?
Feb
20
answered Are a father and son allowed to learn martial arts together?
Feb
20
accepted Can a convert become a synagogue president? Why or why not?
Feb
20
accepted If my home is on fire on Shabbos or Yom Tov, what can I do?
Feb
20
accepted Why does Yisro tell Moshe that he came with Moshe's wife “and her sons” rather than “your sons”?
Feb
20
accepted What became of Moshe's sons and their descendants?
Feb
20
accepted Using a water filter, attached to the pipes, on Shabbos
Feb
20
comment Modern Hebrew/Yiddish Names
@Yitzchak: I disagree. The choice of a name does touch on halacha, according to some sources. I heard a lecture by Rabbi Shmuel Niman (Chofeitz Chaim Yeshiva), shlita, who said that he had "recently learned" that it is wrong to name a child with the names from two different people, although he admitted it is commonly done. If the Rabbanim have discovered that the community has been doing something wrong all of these years, including their own parents, it is appropriate for them to try to bring us back on track.
Feb
20
asked Toynbee's description of Jews as a “fossil” — what was the Orthodox response?
Feb
19
revised What is the difference between the blessing of Ga'al Yisrael preceding Shemoneh Esrei and the blessing of Go'el Yisrael?
Edited this in recognition that the first blessing is not a request.
Feb
19
asked What is the difference between the blessing of Ga'al Yisrael preceding Shemoneh Esrei and the blessing of Go'el Yisrael?
Feb
19
revised Can one join an army?
Just removing an extra "may"
Feb
18
comment In a city with many shuls, how much loyalty do I owe to the shul of which I am a member?
This reminds me of the old joke about the Jew who was found after 20 years as a castaway on an island. He showed his rescuerers several buildings he had built for himself. In fact, he had built two synagoguges. Why two? "This is the shul to go to, and that is the shul I wouldn't set foot in."
Feb
18
revised May a Jew be a professional boxer?
Salita's fight date was changed due to an injury to another fighter on the card.
Feb
18
revised Does a poor person have to give Maaser?
Edited in response to Fred's excellent point.
Feb
18
asked Loshon Hara against public Jewish and non-Jewish figures