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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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reviewed Approve Should I close my eyes for the shmona estrai or look in the siddur?
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reviewed Close What is the Jewish view on Adam's footprint in Sri Lanka?
Dec
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reviewed Approve How many years before Yakov did Rochel die?
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reviewed Close How long do you really need to keep your sideburns?
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reviewed Close Should we say Leelou Nishmat ou Leelou Nishmata for a deceased woman?
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reviewed Close Would a righteous child who dies before bar mitzvah go to Gan Eden, if his father is held culpable for his sins?
Dec
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reviewed Leave Open Is da'as torah a natural process or supernatural?
Nov
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reviewed Reopen Which parts of Tachnun to skip
Nov
13
reviewed Close Do axes have a symbolic meaning in Tanakh or Jewish mythology?
Nov
13
reviewed Close Translating an amulet
Nov
12
reviewed Leave Open What does it mean to have geknipt payos?
Nov
12
reviewed Approve May a woman who has had an affair remain married to her husband?
Nov
10
reviewed Close Zohar Origins - Why is it accepted as emes?
Nov
10
reviewed Close Tzanua…Not Tznius!
Oct
7
reviewed Approve Can an immersion heater be used to kasher a sink? Does anyone have experience with this?
Oct
7
reviewed Approve What's the best way to make wick-and-oil work for Chanukah?
Oct
7
reviewed Reopen Does Satmar have their own form of Chassidus?
Oct
7
reviewed Close Keeping two days of Yom Tov in Israel
Oct
7
reviewed Close Do you have to believe that someone is Jewish?
Oct
7
reviewed Approve How are Spartans the son of Abraham?