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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
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
Feb
18
comment Geographic size of an Eruv
I suspect that the size is relevant to the Juneau question, which is why I gave land-mass details, but also noted that most of the land is itself on an island, while the downtown area is in a smaller coastal area on the mainland. I believe that there are limits for an island -- I think you need to be able to see it all from a certain distance, but I'm not sure whether that could be from a mountain.
Feb
18
asked Is Juneau, Alaska — surrounded by natural barriers — a natural eruv
Feb
11
comment Does a poor person have to give Maaser?
@Fred: I'm not understanding what in my post you're referring to or how I got confused.
Feb
11
revised Does a poor person have to give Maaser?
Changed the edit.
Feb
11
comment Adapting melodies from pop culture to liturgy
@msh210: Yes, only liturgy.
Feb
11
comment Why wear Black hats
Reason 2 makes me pause. During the criminal trial of a black-fedorah-wearing (but unbearded) Orthodox Jew, some in the national press thought it was amusing that the accused criminal should wear a hat that was popular with gangsters in the 1920s and 1930s. If we are trying to "distinguish ourselves from the other nations," the selection of the style of hat may have been a poor choice.
Feb
11
comment Should one ask a non-Jew attending synagogue to wear a yarmulke?
I remember hearing a few years ago, some Catholic cardinals, in full robes, came to YU. I wonder if the Rav would have asked them to take their "yarmulkes" off so they could be distinguished as non-Jews. ;-)
Feb
11
accepted Have recently-published allegations that Shlomo Carlebach was a sexual predator led to any bans of his music or conversions?
Feb
11
answered Does a poor person have to give Maaser?
Feb
11
asked Adapting melodies from pop culture to liturgy
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.