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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
11
comment Have recently-published allegations that Shlomo Carlebach was a sexual predator led to any bans of his music or conversions?
Thank you for the kind of thoughtful answer I was hoping for. But I have a question: There have been examples in recent years where sages have "banned" Jewish singers,like Lipa Schmeltzer, from using secular melodies in their performances (I'm not sure that ban is still in place, however). Would that apply to "non-Orthodox" Jewish song writers, even if they wrote their music to be liturgical?
Feb
11
comment How does deep snow affect carrying on Shabbos?
Someone suggested that I would figure out the answer if I study the discussions about rishusim and water. Haven't done that yet, though.
Feb
11
comment Have recently-published allegations that Shlomo Carlebach was a sexual predator led to any bans of his music or conversions?
@msh210: I have removed your reason for objection.
Feb
11
revised Have recently-published allegations that Shlomo Carlebach was a sexual predator led to any bans of his music or conversions?
to name "another rav"
Feb
10
comment Have recently-published allegations that Shlomo Carlebach was a sexual predator led to any bans of his music or conversions?
@yoel: Another vote for sweeping sexual abuse by rabbis under the rug in the interest of loshon hara and mesira. The NCSY did that. Dinah's brothers did not tell her not to report her rape b/c of loshon hara.
Feb
10
comment Have recently-published allegations that Shlomo Carlebach was a sexual predator led to any bans of his music or conversions?
@yoel: I generalized the question before and got down-voted and told to put in specifics. But there is an issue: I Shlomo's music assur and are his conversions valid?
Feb
10
revised Have recently-published allegations that Shlomo Carlebach was a sexual predator led to any bans of his music or conversions?
edited to be more specific--I wasn't sure how much I should say because of the nature of the allegations.
Feb
10
asked Have recently-published allegations that Shlomo Carlebach was a sexual predator led to any bans of his music or conversions?
Feb
10
revised How does deep snow affect carrying on Shabbos?
typo
Feb
10
accepted Can you leave a sieve in your sink on Shabbos?
Feb
10
asked How does deep snow affect carrying on Shabbos?
Feb
8
asked Can you leave a sieve in your sink on Shabbos?
Feb
8
asked Using a water filter, attached to the pipes, on Shabbos
Feb
7
comment Mentioning Yeshu's name?
The big issur should be regarding writing Jesus with the C word because it implies endorsement.
Feb
7
answered Can one make a mi'shebeirach for animals?
Feb
7
comment Can any kohanim trace all the way back to Aaron?
@Double AA: According to my friend who has the book, Shevet Levi, and the rabbi who managed to find him a copy, indeed such a geneology exists. How it is put together, I don't know.
Feb
7
answered If Christianity is avodah zarah and Islam is not, why has the Christian world triumphed over the non-Christian, and why do Jews prefer to live among Christians and not Muslims?
Feb
7
comment If Christianity is avodah zarah and Islam is not, why has the Christian world triumphed over the non-Christian, and why do Jews prefer to live among Christians and not Muslims?
@HodofHod: Depends upon the region and the period. Under the Caliphate of Cordoba Jews were under the Caliphate's protection until 1492, when Granada fell. Under the Caliphate, Jewish merchants served as a bridge between the Christian and Moslem communities, bringing important innovations and materials from the Moslem world to the Christians, who at the time were lagging behind culturally and in scientific development. Arguably, this bridging of communities made the Renaissance possible. Egypt, too was better in Rambam's days.
Feb
7
comment Is Christianity Avodah Zara?
Your answer is more of a comment. As a former Christian, I must say it is not "nit-picking" to infer a polytheistic basis behind the Trinity. The concepts of a god fathering a child or visiting earth in human form is little different than the mythology of the Greeks and Romans described in Hamilton's Mythology. Also, the story of Yeshu is very similar to that of the demi-god Attis, who had a big following in Rome and the territories near present-day Syria. See Frazier, The Golden Bough. The Trinity concept was invented to assimilate popular mythology with the Jewish concept of G-d and Messiah.
Feb
7
comment Is Christianity Avodah Zara?
I remember explaining to my 94-year-old great aunt -- a true southern belle and devout Methodist -- about why I left Christianity and became a Jew. I said that the Trinity was in conflict with the concept that G-d is One. She said, "I never quite understood that, either."