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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.


Dec
22
reviewed Close What is the Jewish view on Adam's footprint in Sri Lanka?
Dec
22
comment Assuming Christianity is Avodah Zarah (RamBam), can I get my car fixed by a gentile right before/during Nittle Nacht?
@rosenjcb I asked my rav once how Jews can sell gifts to Christians before Christmas if they are idolators per the discussion in the 1st Mishna in Avodah Zara. He said that we don't hold them to be idolators. How is Rambam's view distinguished?
Dec
22
comment Early descriptions of the Foundation Stone
@DoubleAA I thought that's what I said. I want to know if the tradition has textual sources in Tanach, or if at least there are Biblical descriptions of such a flat rock that the Patriarchs, David and Solomon recognized as having special significance.
Dec
22
asked Early descriptions of the Foundation Stone
Dec
22
comment Assuming Christianity is Avodah Zarah (RamBam), can I get my car fixed by a gentile right before/during Nittle Nacht?
Does the Rambam really hold that Christianity is avodah zara??? Where? I don't think that's how we hold today.
Dec
22
reviewed Approve How many years before Yakov did Rochel die?
Dec
21
awarded  Mortarboard
Dec
21
revised Whose portrait hung in Rav Elyashiv's home?
Correcting reference to second photograph in apartment being of the Lashem, the Rav's grandfather -- not father.
Dec
21
reviewed Close How long do you really need to keep your sideburns?
Dec
21
awarded  Necromancer
Dec
21
awarded  Revival
Dec
21
answered Whose portrait hung in Rav Elyashiv's home?
Dec
17
reviewed Close Should we say Leelou Nishmat ou Leelou Nishmata for a deceased woman?
Dec
15
awarded  Nice Question
Dec
4
accepted What are the chief sources for requiring Jews to litigate in a beis din rather than in a civil court?
Dec
4
asked What are the chief sources for requiring Jews to litigate in a beis din rather than in a civil court?
Dec
2
awarded  Necromancer
Dec
1
comment Can one, under any condition, shower using hot water on the Shabbat?
My son-in-law came to visit me in the hospital twice on a Shabbos. It was hot and he got pretty smelly. Rabbi Dovid Rosenbaum told him he could take a cold shower to clean up before coming to shul for Mincha.
Dec
1
revised Can one, under any condition, shower using hot water on the Shabbat?
Changed "Sabbat" to the Hebrew pronunciation, "Shabbat".
Dec
1
comment About what were rabbis ahead of the times?
Down-voter, please explain.