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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
8
revised Are the Jews today still waiting for the Messiah to come?
I took out the counter-missionary argument since a Christian position was not explicitly raised. I think it was implied, but since it wasn't explicit, I'll defer to the commentator. Edited further to add detail in response to the question.
Mar
8
comment Are the Jews today still waiting for the Messiah to come?
@CharlesKoppelman: Charles, I edited out the counter-missionary stuff, although it was implied in the question. I think the first paragraph and bullets clearly answer the question. Why don't you think so?
Mar
8
revised Are the Jews today still waiting for the Messiah to come?
I took out the counter-missionary argument since a Christian position was not explicitly raised. I think it was implied, but since it wasn't explicit, I'll defer to the commentator.
Mar
8
answered Are the Jews today still waiting for the Messiah to come?
Mar
8
comment If a woman had more than one husband, to which would she be united at the Resurrection?
@ShimonbM: No, I think its just another of the many mistakes in the NT.
Mar
8
comment If a woman had more than one husband, to which would she be united at the Resurrection?
@ShimonbM: I think you're right that Matthew was Stiles inspiration, but his diary, to me, does not appear to show gloating. What is surprising about the NT there is that they've got the Sadduccees saying there is a world to come,when they didn't believe in it. My belief is that the early Christian gospels confused the rabbis with the Sadduccees.
Mar
7
comment Going to Cemetery on a yarhzeit
@SethJ: So why does everyone go to the kevers of gedolim?
Mar
7
comment If a woman had more than one husband, to which would she be united at the Resurrection?
@jake: Ditto. Good point!
Mar
7
awarded  Nice Question
Mar
7
asked What were Bar Kochba's sins?
Mar
7
comment If a woman had more than one husband, to which would she be united at the Resurrection?
Was Rav Pe'alim only thinking about widows, or also divorced women? While I've seen a gemara that suggests that the first wife is the one G-d intended for you, I've also seen some disasterous first marriages where people clearly married someone other than the one G-d intended for them (or else He intended them to be severely punished in this world).
Mar
7
asked If a woman had more than one husband, to which would she be united at the Resurrection?
Mar
7
comment How can pigs and shellfish be kosher for bnei Noach?
One delicacy you have to stay away from are "Rocky Mountain Oysters," which are fried testicles of castrated cows and sheep -- which are still living. Raw oysters are probably a problem, too, although some claim they die when ripped from their shells. All of the above are disgusting IMHO.
Mar
7
comment What is the appropriate method for transporting a Torah scroll?
@Michael: This would be a better answer if you summarized the main pints in the article you linked.
Mar
7
comment Is there any evidence that Rabbi Akiva's students fought alongside Bar Kochba?
@ShimonbM: Bar Kochba, and Akiva's endorsement, are mentioned in the Yerushalmi Talmud Taanis 4:5-6 (68d-69a). See cojs.org/cojswiki/…
Mar
6
comment What is the appropriate method for transporting a Torah scroll?
@Epicentre: What about covering it with a tallis?
Mar
6
answered Why is a bris performed after death?
Mar
6
asked Is there any evidence that Rabbi Akiva's students fought alongside Bar Kochba?
Mar
5
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
4
comment How can saying vidui for a dying person substitute for his own confession?
@DoubleAA: In the most recent case I saw, probably yes since one son-in-law is a shul rav and another son is a rabbi and head of a middle school yeshiva.