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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.


Mar
20
comment Are parents responsible if their children damage in a store?
Can leading a small child into a store be compared (l'havdil) to bringing a shor into someone's private reshut (and thereby be liable for any damage it causes)?
Mar
20
comment Are parents responsible if their children damage in a store?
Under American law, there is no such thing as "you break it you buy it."
Mar
20
comment Magazine not delivered - what are they responsible for?
@GershonGold added source
Mar
20
revised Magazine not delivered - what are they responsible for?
added source to final paragraph
Mar
20
comment What sources, prior to the 19th century, support or refute the existence of the Council of Jamnia/Yavneh?
@DoubleAA which is why I think that the rabbis were talking theorhetically rather than for the purpose of cannonization.
Mar
20
comment Magazine not delivered - what are they responsible for?
@GershonGold Does my edit help?
Mar
20
revised Magazine not delivered - what are they responsible for?
Edited in response to Gershom Gold's comment.
Mar
20
comment What sources, prior to the 19th century, support or refute the existence of the Council of Jamnia/Yavneh?
@DoubleAA What I'm saying is that if there were a tradition of a later canonization, I would think Rashi would have cited to that rather than the AKG and a statement that nothing changed thereafter.
Mar
20
comment What sources, prior to the 19th century, support or refute the existence of the Council of Jamnia/Yavneh?
@DoubleAA Based on that, you would think that Rashi would have said that the Tanach was settled by the Tannaim rather than stating that it was done by the Anshei K'nesset HaGedolah.
Mar
20
answered Magazine not delivered - what are they responsible for?
Mar
20
comment What sources, prior to the 19th century, support or refute the existence of the Council of Jamnia/Yavneh?
@DoubleAA good question. Why couldn't Rabbi Yose be arguing after the fact, also -- i.e. maybe there was an ongoing debate to reopen the issue of canonization?
Mar
20
comment Are “dog tags” Begged Isha? Can men wear them?
I understood beged isha as being based on the intent of the manufacturer. If the manufacturer intended clothing to be uni-sex, then it was. If not, then you'd go by who the clothes were marketed to.
Mar
20
answered Does Halachah allow Jewish women to wear baggy ski pants while skiing?
Mar
20
answered What sources, prior to the 19th century, support or refute the existence of the Council of Jamnia/Yavneh?
Mar
20
comment Yerushalmi Versus Bavli in Halacha
I was at a siyum on Shekalim that Art Scroll held for its staff in 2005. Among the speakers was Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky who commented on Art Scroll's next adventure -- the translation and elucidation of the Talmud Yerushalmi. He admitted that he had never studied the Yerushalmi, "but the Gerrer Rebbe says I should. Perhaps he is right."
Mar
20
comment How can you keep Shabbos till Tuesday?
I heard that the Jews in Japan during WWII had issues with the location of the Jewish date line and, as a precaution, kept two days of Shabbos and even two days of Yom Kippur. But I've never heard of anyone holding by Shabbos thru Tuesday.
Mar
20
comment Is the ketuba enforceable in American law?
@Daniel yes, because agents can sign a contract for you. The pre-nups going around now are signed by the bride and groom, however.
Mar
19
awarded  Revival
Mar
19
answered Is the ketuba enforceable in American law?
Mar
18
revised Is it permitted for a Jew to accept an invitation by the Pope to attend mass
In response to msh210's comment, I removed the word "must" and edited the transition between precedential cases involving the Pope to lead into the Rabbi Lookstein rationale.