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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.


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).
Jul
7
comment Among the gentiles, why Job and Bilaam were recognized as prophets whereas Muhammad was not?
The sentence "There is also a tradition of the Exilarch in Arabia stating similar views" which appears to reference someone's views cited earlier, but it is not clear what those views were or who cited them. Please edit this to make that clear.
Jul
2
comment Do converts represent a “farblondzshet” neshama?
Thanks. Up vote. I'm still hoping for something a bit more definitive, though, before giving a check.
Jul
2
comment Can a gentile pray in a synagogue?
@DanF In my shul, non-Jews are not given tallisim, and my Rav told me that I could not until I completed the conversion. In contrast, however, Rabbi Barry Fruendel has conversion candidates put on tallisim about half-way through their process (at least that's what one of his married converts told me) in order to have them appreciate the mitzvah. I suspect that he might have other reasons, but I haven't asked. I don't think a window-shopping potential convert should do so. At least let them be further along and under a rabbi's guidance.
Jul
2
comment Why can an Eruv be made in cities nowadays?
I'm confused. These are your notes from where?
Jul
1
comment Compare and Contrast: Artscroll and Koren Talmud Bavli
Welcome to Mi Yodeya. I think that the only problem with your question is where you ask which is better; "better" is a subjective question that we try to avoid in stackexchange sites. I like the idea of a straight compare and contrast -- people then can decide which is better for them.
Jul
1
comment Can I use kibud av v'em to get my son to date somebody?
Welcome to Mi Yodeya. I think that the on-going mitzvah to procreate is the primary obligation, and the fear of attending parent-teacher conferences into one's 50s would be incentive enough for me. A good friend of mine, who had his first children (twins) at age 51 recognized that by the time he needs a wheel chair, his sons might be old enough to push.
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.
Jun
18
comment What did the communal korbanot on Yom Kippur atone for?
The link to the Soncino elucidation no longer works.