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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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asked Early descriptions of the Foundation Stone
Dec
21
answered Whose portrait hung in Rav Elyashiv's home?
Dec
4
asked What are the chief sources for requiring Jews to litigate in a beis din rather than in a civil court?
Dec
1
answered About what were rabbis ahead of the times?
Dec
1
answered Good vs. Evil (wrong)
Nov
25
answered Being more stringent than your Rebbe
Nov
20
asked Is there a communal responsibility to ensure that its Torah scholars are dressed and groomed appropriately?
Nov
19
answered Contradictions between Federal and State Laws as they relate to Dina De'Malchusa
Nov
19
answered Is Bas Kol the heavenly voice always correct and how to identify Bas Kol from evil whispering?
Nov
19
answered Why do Beit Shammai and Beit Hillel always argue?
Nov
19
answered Would a convert/Ba'al Teshuvah have to remove any tattoos they may have?
Nov
19
asked If a convert goes off the derekh, must he go to the mikvah again after he repents?
Nov
17
answered Asking a shaila where disclosure of classified information might be necessary
Oct
30
asked Why did Ashkenazi Jews not adopt the custom of reading the Book of Job in synagogue on Tisha B'Av, as Sephardim do?
Oct
29
asked If a Jewish neighbor becomes the subject of a scandal, is it loshon hara to follow it in the press?
Oct
7
asked How is Rav Feinstein's psak regarding subway travel and the sexes distinguished today by those wanting to sit separately on buses and planes?
Sep
23
answered Government “swearing-in” ceremony
Sep
23
asked Was there sentient life with free will in the worlds that G-d destroyed before making our world?
Sep
22
asked What is the reason behind blowing the shofar from the side of one's mouth?
Sep
18
asked From where do we know that Yaakov has the spirit of prophecy when referred to as Yisroel?