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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.


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comment Would adding buttons and button holes to a tallis gadol disqualify it?
@Shmuel -- that is the gist of my question. I invision that the button causes the tallis to have either more or less corners, but is not permanent.
Apr
17
comment The Book of Numbers and Passover
Welcome. I think I know where you want to go with this, but you should know that, in my experience, Christian commentaries on the differences between Passover beginning on the 14th or the 15th of Nisan are based on a confusion of the texts. Numbers 28:16 is quite correct that the Passover festival -- which involved the slaughter of the Passover lambs in the Temple -- occurred on the 14th. The Festival of Matzahs, which included the eating of the Passover lamb and the telling of the story, began on the 15th.
Apr
14
comment Why is God so hidden from us
Who is posting all of the negative votes today to the answers and question here? Please give a constructive reason for the down-votes.
Apr
8
comment What's the order of importance of Honorees under a Chuppa?
Rav Moshe Feinstein was asked what honor could be given to a Conservative rabbi who was a family friend. Rav Moshe told the couple to have the Conservative rabbi read the kesubah. It was clear from the context of his psak that he considered the reading to be the least important honor.
Apr
8
comment Borrowing money without clear plan of how to pay it back
Welcome to Mi Yodeya. I hope you register as a user so that you can get more benefit from this site. I edited your post a bit -- I deleted the second sentence which was difficult to understand and seemed to not add anything. Please revise if it had more meaning.
Apr
8
comment What appropriate amount of tzedakah for mi sheberech?
who says this? It seems a bit much for a mishaberach.
Apr
8
comment Hidden treasure for speaking lashon Harah?
Maybe tzoraas was a blessing -- then we got direct warning from Hashem to stop saying loshon hara. Now we say it without thinking twice and will face the consequences for all of our deeds sometime later.
Apr
8
comment Why is a present day convert not obligated to read the Torah passage about the sacrifice he will have to bring in the future?
@menachem , DoubleAA - please see my completely revised answer.
Mar
27
comment Why are women unclean longer after giving birth to a girl?
Welcome to Mi Yodeya. I like where you're going with this, but would you mind fleshing out what you meant in your last sentence by summarizing what is in the link. A brief summary might better encourage people to go to the link.
Mar
27
comment Reading a newspaper
Rabbi Gedaliah Anemer, zt'l, Founder and Rosh HaYeshiva of Yeshiva of Greater Washington, and rav of Young Israel Shomrai Emunah in Silver Spring, was known to read the news section of the Washington Post on Shabbos, and sometimes commented on that day's news in his Shabbos address from the bimah (on the rare occassions he spoke about current events).
Mar
27
comment Reading a newspaper
@DoubleAA Here is a good article about the dispute over the Netziv's position on reading newspapers on Shabbos, even within his own family, and attempts to censor the opinion that newspapers are permitted reading. seforim.blogspot.com/2014/03/…
Mar
27
comment Is Christianity Avodah Zara?
@FrankLuke So is it Christian doctrine that angels have free will and can rebel against HaShem? Who says that? Judaism holds that angels have no free will and only do the bidding of G-d.
Mar
26
comment Is Christianity Avodah Zara?
I've considered Christianity's belief that Satan is not under the full dominion of G-d to be avodah zarah as well. In effect, Christians create a dualistic approach where G-d creates all that is good, while Satan creates all that is evil (in contradiction to Isa. 45:7 which says G-d creates both good and evil). What protestant denominations adopt this view of the Satan?
Mar
25
comment If Yom Kippur hypothetically fell on Sunday, would you make havdalah?
Welcome to Mi Yodeya. I'm wracking my brain trying to remember if the Gemara asked this question already. I thought it did, but I'll have to research. My gut tells me that havdalah would be pushed off until after YK.
Mar
25
comment Vodka distilled on shabbat
This strikes me as a question for a rav.
Mar
12
comment Does a buyer owe a seller anything for a windfall that neither knew about at the time of the sale?
What about the parenthetical after "market value" in your answer that says "source"? I thought you were planning to fill that in and left it as a place-holder.
Mar
10
comment Innocent babies killed in flood
@Sta: Welcome to Mi Yodeya. You ask a good question, but it is similar to the broader question of why do bad things happen to children today? Therefore, your question is duplicative to the question Gershon Gold links to in his comment. You might want to read Rabbi Benjamin Blech's book, "If God Is Good, Why Is The World So Bad?" There he challenges the belief that an all-powerful G-d and bad things happening to people are mutually exclusive ideas.
Feb
27
comment Is there a substantive difference in meaning when the Torah uses the Hebrew verb root דבר rather than אמר?
@Danno Sounds like a reasonable answer.
Feb
18
comment Why did God do nothing against the Romans that desecrated the Temple?
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.
Feb
18
comment Why was Yam Suf necessary according to Rabenu Chananel?
Welcome to Mi Yodeya Rivka. Nice question. Is this a question for which you already know the answer? If not, what made you think to ask it?