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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
18
comment Why are newer tefillin matte, while older ones are shiny
A friend who is a S.T.A.M-appoved sofer told me the requirement is only that they be black. Shiny or not is up to the buyer.
Feb
16
revised Succah with mosquito netting
added 24 characters in body
Feb
16
asked Succah with mosquito netting
Feb
13
comment Jewish culture differences singled out by Nazism?
@IsaacMoses I'm surprised that my revision of the question did not help. Rabbis have long taken positions on the spiritual causes of the Shoah,including blaming secularization and Zionism. Was my edit peer reviewed?
Feb
12
answered Jewish culture differences singled out by Nazism?
Feb
12
reviewed Edit Jewish culture differences singled out by Nazism?
Feb
12
revised Jewish culture differences singled out by Nazism?
Changed to fit better into the format of a Mi Yodeya question by eliminating cause for speculation and opinion.
Feb
12
comment Jewish culture differences singled out by Nazism?
I think you have the basis for a question that might fit into the format of Mi Yodeya, specifically, and Stackhouse, generally. I'm going to edit your question to focus on what post-Holocaust Jewish scholars believe, since that does not ask posters for their personal opinion, but rather something that has more meaning, perhaps.
Feb
12
reviewed Close Recividism and teshuvah
Feb
12
comment Recividism and teshuvah
I agree with the other comments. I can't tell for sure what is being asked, but I don't think the question is beyond hope. Since Torah law cannot today impose criminal liability on the accused, it is unclear whether you are asking what would be the consequences if a Jewish court had the authority to try the case, or whether you're asking what would be the consequences for the accused in the Jewish community after a conviction in secular court.
Feb
12
comment Does the Torah ever mention jail as a punishment for a crime?
I learned in a shiur, but don't know the sources, that jail was a penalty if the accused was likely to hurt someone. Otherwise, the rabbis thought lashes, for example, were more humane because once done, the criminal could do tshuva and start fresh. Jail, however, would rob him of time to make amends and restart his life.
Feb
12
comment What is so special about the 613 mitzvos?
What I'm trying to suggest is that the answer would be improved if you talk more about the tradition -- see Makkos 23b-24a and commentaries to that.
Feb
12
comment What is so special about the 613 mitzvos?
@GeminiMan The Rambam wasn't sure that it was a tradition. Rav Yerucham Fishel Perlow, however, tried to prove otherwise.
Feb
12
revised Shisha Asar - mi yodeya?
Just fixing grammar.
Feb
12
comment What is so special about the 613 mitzvos?
Why did they settle on the number 613? Why didn't they agree on 672 or some other random number? I.e. How is 613 not a random number for the purpose of claiming there are 613 mitzvos?
Feb
10
comment Is it spiritually dangerous to practice Christianity?
I think a more interesting question is related to the case of Crypto-Jews -- those Jews from Spain and Portugal who had, under risk of death or expulsion, chose to formally convert to Catholicism while secretly maintaining Jewish customs and observance, marrying only other crypto-Jews, and even placing relatives who were also crypto-Jews into the priesthood so that they could create a paper trial of Catholic baptisms, weddings, and funerals that never occurred. See Genie Milgrom's book, My Fifteen Grandmothers on this subject. The issue then would be whether this lie was legal under halacha.
Feb
10
reviewed Leave Open What are common Yiddish names for English Louis
Feb
10
reviewed Leave Open Is it spiritually dangerous to practice Christianity?
Feb
10
reviewed Close Are there other historical written accounts of Har Sinai besides the Torah?
Feb
10
comment Using cups to keep the beat during Shabbos Zemiros
Thanks for the explanation. I'm not sure I see the logic, but now I know I might have to bring it up with Rashi in the next world. It seems to me that an expansion of Tosafos is logical today, in that today many people don't have access to musical instruments or are skilled in playing one.