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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.


Dec
21
revised Whose portrait hung in Rav Elyashiv's home?
Correcting reference to second photograph in apartment being of the Lashem, the Rav's grandfather -- not father.
Dec
1
revised Can one, under any condition, shower using hot water on the Shabbat?
Changed "Sabbat" to the Hebrew pronunciation, "Shabbat".
Dec
1
revised Would a righteous child who dies before bar mitzvah go to Gan Eden, if his father is held culpable for his sins?
Changed last paragraph to focus on who OP is writing about. Prior use of pronouns was confusing.
Nov
26
revised What to do if you made hamotze on something requiring mezonot?
added tag
Nov
19
revised Loshon Hara against public Jewish and non-Jewish figures
Adding question about whether rabbis have special authority to say loshon hara in the "community interst"
Nov
19
revised If a convert goes off the derekh, must he go to the mikvah again after he repents?
I don't think that the tag Shabbat is appropriate for this discussion as "shomer Shabbat" can refer to being shomer mitzvot as well.
Nov
19
revised If a woman converts to Judaism while pregnant, will her child be a Jew?
deleted 8 characters in body
Nov
18
revised Is there a Jewish symbol for evil?
corrected a misspelling.
Oct
26
revised Government “swearing-in” ceremony
I have deleted last paragraph b/c the Talmud does reference oaths on Torah.
Oct
7
revised How is Rav Feinstein's psak regarding subway travel and the sexes distinguished today by those wanting to sit separately on buses and planes?
added an example of one other question.
Sep
24
revised Was there sentient life with free will in the worlds that G-d destroyed before making our world?
Added opening for other explanations.
Jul
28
revised Machine-Readable Torah
I think this is what you're asking; if not, rephrase it.
Jul
22
revised Is the Story About Members of Beis Shammai Killing Members of Beis Hillil True?
added an adjective in opening paragraph.
Jul
21
revised Who gets shelishi if there are no Israelim?
fixed a typo
Jul
7
revised Among the gentiles, why Job and Bilaam were recognized as prophets whereas Muhammad was not?
I translated "mesorah" because some readers may not understand.
Jul
7
revised Can a gentile pray in a synagogue?
edited to address msh210's comments.
Jul
2
revised Can a gentile pray in a synagogue?
Change directed on the tallis issue.
Jul
1
revised Compare and Contrast: Artscroll and Koren Talmud Bavli
Edited the second paragraph to make it seek answers that are more objective rather than opinion.
Jun
6
revised Rav Moshe Feinstein and tzitzis tucked in
fixed grammar and punctuation
Jun
2
revised What are the prophecies about messiah?
Added source for bringing in the exiles.