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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.


Jul
14
reviewed Close curse words and the Torah
Jul
14
reviewed Reviewed Satmar and Mishnah Berurah
Jul
14
comment Satmar and Mishnah Berurah
Welcome to Mi Yodeya. Interesting first question. I think that there are other communities, including a few Litvishe yeshivas (but I'm not sure which ones) that look at other authorities ahead of the Mishna Berurah, and I'd also like to know which ones.
Jul
14
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Satmar and Mishnah Berurah
Jul
14
asked Why were the Ma'amad afraid of the Notzrim?
Jul
10
comment bracha when snorkeling/diving underwater and seeing a strange animal
What about a sea creature that is a mammel and breaches the water often (like a whale)? Is Rav Aurbach saying one never says the bracha for a sea creature, or only it is not necessary to do so (especially when speech is impossible)?
Jul
10
comment Kashrus of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish
The rabbi who has long supervized the Pepperidge Farms plant in Utah on behalf of the O-U is Rabbi Moshe Heisler who is based in Denver. Rabbi Heisler is a tremendous expert in the field and if he has doubts about the product, then I respect that and I would refer questions directly to him. For halachic ruling, however, consult your local rabbi (who might want to call Rabbi Heisler himself).
Jul
9
reviewed Reviewed source that purpose of this is world is as an arena for human free will
Jul
7
reviewed Reviewed Among the gentiles, why Job and Bilaam were recognized as prophets whereas Muhammad was not?
Jul
7
comment Among the gentiles, why Job and Bilaam were recognized as prophets whereas Muhammad was not?
The sentence "There is also a tradition of the Exilarch in Arabia stating similar views" which appears to reference someone's views cited earlier, but it is not clear what those views were or who cited them. Please edit this to make that clear.
Jul
7
revised Among the gentiles, why Job and Bilaam were recognized as prophets whereas Muhammad was not?
I translated "mesorah" because some readers may not understand.
Jul
7
answered Is there an aversion to having Gentiles in the synagoge and why?
Jul
7
revised Can a gentile pray in a synagogue?
edited to address msh210's comments.
Jul
7
reviewed No Action Needed Kilayim in Chutz la'eretz
Jul
7
reviewed Close Is it permitted to have an abortion if divorce if imminent?
Jul
3
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Why is Bil'am not surprised that his mule is talking to him?
Jul
3
reviewed Close Why didn't Eliyahu Hanavi reveal himself to me?
Jul
2
reviewed Close Question about the Tallit
Jul
2
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Two seforim being taken out
Jul
2
comment Do converts represent a “farblondzshet” neshama?
Thanks. Up vote. I'm still hoping for something a bit more definitive, though, before giving a check.