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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
1
comment Glow sticks on Shabbos
Rabbi Gedaliah Anemer, zt'l, Rosh HaYeshiva of the Yeshiva of Greater Washington, told me that one can only start the chemical reaction in chem sticks before Shabbos, but thereafter, they are not muksa since nothing you do will put them out. We used them in shul during a hurricane-caused power outage back when I was gabbai.
Jul
1
awarded  Enlightened
Jul
1
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
29
accepted Is the Story About Members of Beis Shammai Killing Members of Beis Hillil True?
Jun
29
accepted What were the marriage rights of the temporary wives of Rav and Rav Nachman?
Jun
25
reviewed Leave Open What's the oldest continuously-existing, still-open kosher restaurant?
Jun
25
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How Many Stones to Place on a Grave?
Jun
24
accepted Getting body piercings
Jun
18
asked Does today's Yom Kippur observance atone for all sins?
Jun
18
comment What did the communal korbanot on Yom Kippur atone for?
The link to the Soncino elucidation no longer works.
Jun
6
comment Hallel and Pseukei DZimra
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Jun
6
comment Hallel and Pseukei DZimra
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Jun
6
reviewed Reviewed Rav Moshe Feinstein and tzitzis tucked in
Jun
6
comment Rav Moshe Feinstein and tzitzis tucked in
I'm not sure that the ruling regarding cemeteries would explain why Rav Moshe or the Chafetz Chaim would hold that one should tuck in tzitzis, generally.
Jun
6
revised Rav Moshe Feinstein and tzitzis tucked in
fixed grammar and punctuation
Jun
6
reviewed Reviewed How does one “add a year” in the Hebrew calendar?
Jun
6
reviewed Reviewed Resources for “vertical learning”
Jun
6
comment Resources for “vertical learning”
Welcome to Mi Yodeya Hal. Good question.
Jun
2
revised What are the prophecies about messiah?
Added source for bringing in the exiles.
Jun
2
revised What are the prophecies about messiah?
Edited to clarify Rambam's position