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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.


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.
Jun
2
revised What are the prophecies about messiah?
Edited to clarify Rambam's position
Jun
2
revised What are the prophecies about messiah?
Edited to quote Rambam in response to Yishai
May
21
revised Responding to an army draft before 20
"Rashi on there" was an awkward way to say it.
May
20
revised Belief that a dead man will be the Messiah - Kfira?
Edited to avoid the confusion about what I wrote that Yishai shows in his comment.
May
20
revised Belief that a dead man will be the Messiah - Kfira?
Edited to avoid the confusion about what I wrote that Yishai shows in his comment.
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.