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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.


Nov
19
comment If a convert goes off the derekh, must he go to the mikvah again after he repents?
do you know to what degree the rabbinic custom mentioned there is still followed? As for the source of information the geores received, he was a rav of a shul, but he is currently having legal difficulties and not in a position to explain that advice or his motivation for giving it.
Nov
19
answered Why do Beit Shammai and Beit Hillel always argue?
Nov
19
revised If a convert goes off the derekh, must he go to the mikvah again after he repents?
I don't think that the tag Shabbat is appropriate for this discussion as "shomer Shabbat" can refer to being shomer mitzvot as well.
Nov
19
answered Would a convert/Ba'al Teshuvah have to remove any tattoos they may have?
Nov
19
comment If a convert goes off the derekh, must he go to the mikvah again after he repents?
That's what I think, but I'm not a rav.
Nov
19
asked If a convert goes off the derekh, must he go to the mikvah again after he repents?
Nov
19
revised If a woman converts to Judaism while pregnant, will her child be a Jew?
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Nov
19
comment Why Not Eight Days Until a Convert's Circumcision?
Would the case of an eved Canaani who jumps into a mikvah with the intent to convert, rather than for the purpose of slavery? Non-Jewish slaves were circumcised immediately after becoming slaves (although there are opinions they could put off circumcision for a year). But according to Rambam, a slave could jump into the mikvah, before it was clear that the purpose of tevilah was for slavery, and if intention was to convert, the conversion was valid and he was deemed to have acquired his freedom, as well. Does this case have any bearing on an answer?
Nov
18
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
18
revised Is there a Jewish symbol for evil?
corrected a misspelling.
Nov
17
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
17
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
17
answered Asking a shaila where disclosure of classified information might be necessary
Nov
13
comment Can we give importance to a person's contributions to one field and ignore those to another?
I suspect you have in mind a certain living rosh hayeshivah who is brilliant with Jewish knowledge but whose opinion on medical topics run counter to 99.9% of medical scholars. Interestin as that may be, you're sill looking for opinions.
Nov
13
reviewed Close Do axes have a symbolic meaning in Tanakh or Jewish mythology?
Nov
13
reviewed Close Translating an amulet
Nov
12
reviewed Leave Open What does it mean to have geknipt payos?
Nov
12
comment What does it mean to have geknipt payos?
This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post - you can always comment on your own posts, and once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post.
Nov
12
comment What does it mean to have geknipt payos?
Improve your answer by answering the second question -- who (what groups) have this custom.
Nov
12
reviewed Approve May a woman who has had an affair remain married to her husband?