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1962
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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.


Apr
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accepted Why do we call the Festival of Matzos “Passover”?
Apr
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awarded  Nice Question
Apr
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awarded  Excavator
Apr
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awarded  Civic Duty
Apr
4
revised The size/shape of biblical Israel
"E. Israel" struck me as meaning "East Israel" when the context seems to imply that it should read "Eretz israel." If this is wrong, please roll back.
Apr
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answered Is there a concept in Jewish law similar to a corporation?
Apr
4
comment Does someone maternally Jewish, but without documented proof, need “giyur l'chumra”?
@RabbiMichaelTzadok was giyur l'chumra the method recommended for the Ethiopian immigrants?
Apr
4
comment Does someone maternally Jewish, but without documented proof, need “giyur l'chumra”?
@RabbiMichaelTzadok: I am an amateur geneologist and I have to admit that geneology is not an exact science. It is often described as an "art" because their are a lot of subjective educated guesswork that goes on. My family tree goes back 12 or more generations, but I have doubts about a branch starting with a great x2 grandmother because I'm uncertain which of three peopel was her father (they all have similar names). Maiden names are also hard to find. Jewish geneology is even harder as birth records in Europe were not common and there birth dates were not particularly important to know.
Apr
4
comment Black Hats During Mussaf
There was a time when German Jews commonly wore top hats at services.
Apr
4
comment When did Matza become dry?
@DoubleAA: I made some changes that I think should satisfy your concerns.
Apr
4
revised When did Matza become dry?
Edited in response to DoubleAA's comment.
Apr
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reviewed No Action Needed What to call the 7th Lubavitcher Rebbe
Apr
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awarded  Custodian
Apr
4
reviewed Reviewed What percentage of Chabad still believes the Rebbe is the Messiah?
Apr
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revised What percentage of Chabad still believes the Rebbe is the Messiah?
Changed "The Rebbe is not immortal like us" to "The Rebbe is not mortal like us." I don't think you meant to say that we are immortal.
Apr
3
revised When did Matza become dry?
added citation to Rema; I don't have the Baer HeiTiv currently.
Apr
3
answered When did Matza become dry?
Apr
3
comment Why is there a difference of opinion about whether modern magic is prohibited or permitted?
@Sam Slight of hand is not a talent of swiftness but a skill of employing misdirection and concealment of one's movements. Are the sources who say it is assur of the belief that any trick that involves tricking a person to believe something is in one place, when it is in reality in a different place, a violation of lifnei iver (throwing a stumbling block before the blind), or would that not be limited to cases where there is an attempt to defraud, e.g. Three-Card Monty.
Apr
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asked Is there a concept in Jewish law similar to a corporation?
Apr
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revised Exact model of the Beis Hamikdash?
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