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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
10
comment Covering containers of water
A better example would be lead flakes falling from a painted ceiling into a water glass.
Feb
10
comment Covering containers of water
@sam what does it mean to "watch" the Rav's glass? Does it mean that all of the guests have to constantly focus on the glass, doing nothing else, or can one assume that not even one person at the table would notice something strange crawling on the table?
Feb
10
comment Using cups to keep the beat during Shabbos Zemiros
What does clapping one's hands have to do with fixing an instrument? Also, it seems to me that chassidim often clap their hands during negunim. Do they have a different tradition?
Feb
10
answered Do our sources address the question of intellectual property vs the public good?
Jan
27
comment Is there a penalty or measure of restitution for geneivas daas?
@sam I suspect you are correct, especially if the violation is rabbinic. But since some authorities hold that this is a Biblical offense related to stealing, that opens the question as to whether the sinner must pay in this world, too.
Jan
27
revised Is there a penalty or measure of restitution for geneivas daas?
Edited to make clear the scope of the question.
Jan
27
asked Is there a penalty or measure of restitution for geneivas daas?
Jan
16
reviewed Leave Open Tzitzit Knot Problem
Jan
16
comment Origin of the “trojan horse Paul” legend
Tolos Yeshu says that the infiltrator was Simon/Peter, not Paul -- either would make sense. This has been covered. I would vote to close only for that reason. I don't think it is off topic though.
Jan
6
reviewed Reviewed What's an elegant way to avoid social contact with untzinius or attractive women?
Jan
6
reviewed Close Can one say kaddish for a gentile?
Jan
3
reviewed Reviewed Can you ask God to kill you?
Jan
3
comment Can you ask God to kill you?
Welcome to MiYodeya. This answer would be better with more context. The story on the page you cited said that Choni slept for 70 years. When he woke up, no ne believed it was hin, and denied him approprite honors. That led him to be depressed and ask for death. Josephus, however, said Choni ws killed during the fratricidal warfare between Chashmonai brothers Aristobulus and Horkenus. He refused to take sides and begged for peace. They stoned him. Josephus Ant. 14-22.
Dec
31
reviewed Leave Open Did R' Moshe de Leon write the Zohar
Dec
31
reviewed Leave Closed If Jews don't eat cheeseburgers, why did Abraham serve a calf with milk?
Dec
31
comment do we really have free choice?
I once heard Herman Wouk speak and say, "we always have free will; but we have to respect that there are consequences. You have the freedom to jump off a tall building, but you should understand that your action will have dire consequences."
Dec
31
comment Circumcision liability
You might want to also consider the liability of a mohel who had herpes, failed to inform the parents, and still drew blood using the metzitzah b'peh method, causing the virus to be transmitted to the child. There is controversy over proposed laws that would require parental consent before a mohel could do metzitzah b'peh on their baby. Even without the regulation, one might argue that there is civil liability to the mohel. The question is whether this is an assault under Jewish law, or whether parents accept the risk per se.
Dec
31
comment Why isn't the book of the Maccabees part of the Jewish canon?
Isn't there also a gemara (can't remember where), or perhaps a commentary to a gemara, that states that even if time permitted canonization of the Book of Maccabbees, the rabbis were so critical that the Hasmonians -- all priests -- assumed the kingship, rather than handing it over to Yehudah, that canonization of the book was out of the question?
Dec
31
accepted What parts of the Septuagint are and are not reliable?
Dec
31
revised What parts of the Septuagint are and are not reliable?
edited to make last paragraph more clear.