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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.


Apr
8
revised Borrowing money without clear plan of how to pay it back
I tried to fix the grammar in the first sentence. The second sentence was confusing and appeared to add little to the question. If this is not what you intended, please revise.
Apr
8
revised Why is a present day convert not obligated to read the Torah passage about the sacrifice he will have to bring in the future?
I am completely changing my answer in response to Rabbi Fruendel's explanation.
Mar
27
revised Do the sages ever use the word “Jews” to describe the B'nai Israel before the Assyrian captivity?
I changed the focus of the question from one asking a semantic question to one focusing on rabbinic sources that may or may not have used the term "Jew" to describe the b'nai Israel prior to the Assyrian captivity.
Mar
12
revised Did Isaiah ever believe that Hezekiah was the Messiah?
edited in response to comments and added in facts not presented originally.
Mar
12
revised Are children whose mother converted after bearing them Jewish?
Title was confusing.
Mar
12
revised Does a buyer owe a seller anything for a windfall that neither knew about at the time of the sale?
added 116 characters in body
Feb
16
revised Succah with mosquito netting
added 24 characters in body
Feb
12
revised Jewish culture differences singled out by Nazism?
Changed to fit better into the format of a Mi Yodeya question by eliminating cause for speculation and opinion.
Feb
12
revised Shisha Asar - mi yodeya?
Just fixing grammar.
Jan
27
revised Is there a penalty or measure of restitution for geneivas daas?
Edited to make clear the scope of the question.
Dec
31
revised What parts of the Septuagint are and are not reliable?
edited to make last paragraph more clear.
Dec
26
revised What parts of the Septuagint are and are not reliable?
edited to explain what I mean by "reasonable."
Dec
24
revised “Instruction” Words
I've rewritten the question for clarity and to provide a specific example demonstrating that the words are similar but must have different meanings. The writer wants to know how they differ and what resources are availble to study such issues.
Dec
19
revised Do converts represent a “farblondzshet” neshama?
edited to make it more clear that I'm looking for a source for the view.
Dec
19
revised Kosher symbols on non-food items
Second paragraph added at Seth's invitation. Also moved Seth's Star-K link to a hyperlink above the quote.
Dec
6
revised The Torah scrolls written by Jewish kings
fixed a typo
Nov
5
revised Getting dressed in the bathroom
Edited because I found out the name of the Rav who says this.
Oct
23
revised Are Rabbinic decrees binding forever, or can they be rescinded?
I've removed a lot of language that doesn't really relate to the question and muddies the question's substance.
Oct
23
revised What level of understanding is required in “learning” for purposes of making a siyum?
Although I thought the original answer directly answered the question, I am underlining the point for those who missed it before.
Jul
23
revised Why is a present day convert not obligated to read the Torah passage about the sacrifice he will have to bring in the future?
Responding to DoubleAA's comment.