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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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comment Was Jesus too young at 12 years old to go about His Father's business?
I think Luke, or later translators, had something different in mind by the word "Father." Christian Bibles capitalize the word whereas in this context, "my father" (describing birth father) would not be capitalized.
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revised Was Jesus too young at 12 years old to go about His Father's business?
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comment Did Naamah practice “ritual murder and cannibalism” with Ham?
@bagpipes -- I was just giving you another reason to believe that there is no basis for the quoted material to raise its conclusions.
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comment Did Naamah practice “ritual murder and cannibalism” with Ham?
Also, the name Naamah means "pleasant" - not the kind of name I would associate with a cannibal.
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reviewed No Action Needed When does the first day of Genesis 1 begin?
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reviewed Close Which of Paul's letters were written to strangers?
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reviewed Reject suggested edit on What does Jesus mean in Luke 5:36-39? (new wine into old wineskins)
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answered Was Jesus too young at 12 years old to go about His Father's business?
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answered Did Moses call himself the “most humble man on the planet”?
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Did Abraham lose track of a visitor?
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answered Did Abraham lose track of a visitor?
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comment Is there any significance to the shift between cardinal and ordinal numbers in Genesis 1?
@Susan In contemporary Hebrew we commonly say "yom rishon" to refer to Sunday. If you look at the other verses in Tanakh that use the word "yom harishon" it is almost always instructional: as in "on the first day you shall do" such and such. That would not have been the case with the first day of Creation where a name could be assigned. Off hand, I can't think of a verse that is specifically referring to Sunday rather than the first day of a sequence of events, such as a holiday. I know of one in the Talmud but its not a great example because its Aramaic. My volume is at home anyway.
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answered What does “bless” [ברך] mean?
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comment Is there any significance to the shift between cardinal and ordinal numbers in Genesis 1?
It is hard to believe that Waltke would make this statement in light of numerous rabbinic commentaries about the issue.
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answered Is there any significance to the shift between cardinal and ordinal numbers in Genesis 1?
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answered What did Sarah mean by calling Abraham her “lord”?
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answered Did Elijah break the Torah by encountering ravens and/or failing to appear at Jerusalem?