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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.


Oct
7
reviewed Close Keeping two days of Yom Tov in Israel
Oct
7
reviewed Close Do you have to believe that someone is Jewish?
Oct
7
comment Do you have to believe that someone is Jewish?
If this is edited as Lee suggests, I would vote to reopen.
Oct
7
comment Two Days of Yom Tov for Visitors
It seems to me that in the days of the Beis HaMikdash, pilgrims from outside the Land would hold the number of days as in the Temple. How did the rabbanim address that fact? Also there are some Orthodox rabbis, notably Rabbi Dr. Barry Fruendel and Rabbi Yitzhok Breitowitz who have held that visitors to Israel can observe one day yomtov.
Oct
7
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How are Spartans the son of Abraham?
Oct
7
reviewed Approve suggested edit on how-to tag wiki excerpt
Oct
3
reviewed Reviewed What should a Jew do if encountered by ISIS?
Oct
3
reviewed Approve suggested edit on When can you build the sukkah?
Oct
1
reviewed Approve suggested edit on are homosexual relations forbidden by God? Why?
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
24
revised Was there sentient life with free will in the worlds that G-d destroyed before making our world?
Added opening for other explanations.
Sep
23
comment Government “swearing-in” ceremony
@DoubleAA because the premise is wrong.
Sep
23
comment Government “swearing-in” ceremony
@DoubleAA: I don't have time to discuss it now, but I don't believe that affirming the truth of one's testimony, or affirming that you will follow the Constitution under secular law has the same binding power of a Shavua. As for examples of a shavua made on a Torah scroll, I can't find any in the Gemara, but I may not be using the right search terms. I found things in Sanhedrin where someone would swear by the Law of Moses, generally, but I believe the outcome there was that he said nothing. Please show me an example that says the last paragraph is wrong.
Sep
23
comment Government “swearing-in” ceremony
This question appears to be off-topic because it wrongly presumes that an oath of office requires a Bible of some sort. Therefore, it is unanswerable except to say it is unanswerable.
Sep
23
answered Government “swearing-in” ceremony
Sep
23
reviewed Leave Open SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
Sep
23
reviewed Leave Open Do we know the date of death of Shammai Hazaken?
Sep
23
asked Was there sentient life with free will in the worlds that G-d destroyed before making our world?
Sep
23
comment Earliest time to make an Eiruv Tavshilin
I don't understand from either answer the policy reasons for making the eruv tafshilin dafka on erev yom tov. If I made it on Tuesday instead of Wednesday, how am I being less kovodick of either Shabbos or Yom Tov? And does the ability to refrigerate or preserve the food (e.g. canning) for long periods make any difference?
Sep
22
comment What is the reason behind blowing the shofar from the side of one's mouth?
What if the baal tokea is a lefty? Any difference?