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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
8
comment How is Rav Feinstein's psak regarding subway travel and the sexes distinguished today by those wanting to sit separately on buses and planes?
@DoubleAA if men who want/need separate seating have so little self-control....
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.
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
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?
Aug
24
comment What side does someone with Situs inversus bang
I think I saw this discussed in one of Raabi J DavId Bleich's books.
Aug
5
comment Why is Maimonides View of Karbonot not Consistent with Messianic Times
I don't think there is any question that Rambam davened te same Mussaf prayer that asks for the return of the Temple service.
Aug
5
comment Why is Maimonides View of Karbonot not Consistent with Messianic Times
@JJLL If you amend your question to ask what your comment asks, I'd bet DoubleAA would reverse his downvote and give you an upvote.
Aug
1
comment Am I supposed to Ignore Most Non-Religious Jews?
We don't ignore them. If they are wealthy, and willing to make a substantial donation, some yeshiva will honor them at their annual banquet or name a wing for them. I'm only half-joking. Rabbi Emanuel Feldman's son, Amram Feldman, zt'l, discussed this issue with a classmate of his from Ner Israel. The classmate's plan was to write-off the non-frum. Amram said: "Do you remember the really old plaques in the [yeshiva's] hallway of major contributors? Do you think even one of them was a shomer shabbos? They weren't! We can't write off the non-frum."
Jul
31
comment Walking In-front of Someone Davening Shemona Esrei
If a chair is not an interposition, and you're davening right in front of someone else, what keeps you from violating this prohibition? If sitting is prohibited, what does the person who cannot stand long (because of disability) have to do if the fellow standing behind his seat davens long?
Jul
29
comment Hunting in Judaism
Killing a creature for fun strikes me as a waste.
Jul
25
comment Which tehillim are best to say for the welfare of soldiers at war?
@doubleAA -- I can never recall which tehillim that our rabbi calls out at prayer vigils, but as I recall, they seem similar to those done by other rebbeim.
Jul
21
comment Should a Jewish cashier scan treif items?
would the plastic wrapping around the carcass salso make a difference for a kohen since he would not be touching the carcass directly?
Jul
17
comment What is the Orthodox Jewish position regarding a criminal ban on abortion?
The on-topic question would be how has rabbinic authorities responded to secular laws that ban abortions in all cases. Attorneys for Agudath Israel have filed amicus briefs with the Supreme Court on abortion cases arguing that where state laws banning abortion in all cases, including where the mother's life is in jeopardy, violate Jewish 1st Amendment rights. The briefs cite Jewish laws that make abortion mandatory in order to save the mother's life.
Jul
14
comment Satmar and Mishnah Berurah
Welcome to Mi Yodeya. Interesting first question. I think that there are other communities, including a few Litvishe yeshivas (but I'm not sure which ones) that look at other authorities ahead of the Mishna Berurah, and I'd also like to know which ones.
Jul
10
comment bracha when snorkeling/diving underwater and seeing a strange animal
What about a sea creature that is a mammel and breaches the water often (like a whale)? Is Rav Aurbach saying one never says the bracha for a sea creature, or only it is not necessary to do so (especially when speech is impossible)?
Jul
10
comment Kashrus of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish
The rabbi who has long supervized the Pepperidge Farms plant in Utah on behalf of the O-U is Rabbi Moshe Heisler who is based in Denver. Rabbi Heisler is a tremendous expert in the field and if he has doubts about the product, then I respect that and I would refer questions directly to him. For halachic ruling, however, consult your local rabbi (who might want to call Rabbi Heisler himself).