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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 From where do we know that Yaakov has the spirit of prophecy when referred to as Yisroel?
Aug
11
asked Do the seven types of Perushim described at Sotah 22b refer to the Essenes?
Aug
1
asked How can Jewish merchants sell their wares to Christians before their holidays?
Jul
31
answered Permissible laundry during the 9 days
Jul
25
asked Which tehillim are best to say for the welfare of soldiers at war?
Jul
14
asked Why were the Ma'amad afraid of the Notzrim?
Jul
7
answered Is there an aversion to having Gentiles in the synagoge and why?
Jul
2
answered Can a gentile pray in a synagogue?
Jun
18
asked Does today's Yom Kippur observance atone for all sins?
Jun
2
answered What are the prophecies about messiah?
Jun
2
asked Is there a halacha for writing a biography of a gadol? If so, what is it?
Jun
2
asked How do we evaluate a b'raisa that quotes Rebbe against an anonymous Mishna?
May
22
asked What is a Get Zikui and in what cases has it been used?
May
20
asked What happens to the obligation of rivai when a new fruit tree reaches its third or fourth year during Shmitah?
May
20
answered Belief that a dead man will be the Messiah - Kfira?
May
15
answered Is it permitted and possible to convert a Christian to Judaism without approaching rabbinical authorities?
May
6
asked What is the source that an accused criminal must have been warned?
Apr
7
asked Who gets shelishi if there are no Israelim?
Apr
3
asked Why isn't chocolate considered to be kitniyos?
Mar
26
answered The difference between שור and פר