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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.


Jan
15
answered Did King Ahaz find a virgin mother?
Jan
15
comment Did King Ahaz find a virgin mother?
I've reconsidered accepting this answer. While I think the second paragraph is a reasonable rationalization, there is still much left unanswered.
Jan
14
revised Is “revile the gods” (KJV) an accurate translation in Exo. 22:28?
added 39 characters in body
Jan
13
answered Is “revile the gods” (KJV) an accurate translation in Exo. 22:28?
Jan
13
answered What is the Fear/fear of Isaac?
Jan
2
comment What species of eagle is depicted in Deuteronomy 32:11?
@justhalf I don't think that the eagle is teaching the little ones how to fly -- at least not in that verse.
Jan
2
answered What species of eagle is depicted in Deuteronomy 32:11?
Dec
30
answered Does Isaiah 11:3 involve smelling?
Dec
23
comment To whom does the Psalmist refer to in Psalm 2:6 as “the installed King of Zion”?
@BenchNoviaBensing yes. You can read it that David is either writing about himself and his own troubles, or he is writing about the Messiah -- not his sons.
Dec
23
comment To whom does the Psalmist refer to in Psalm 2:6 as “the installed King of Zion”?
@Jas3.1 At about the 24th to 25th minute of the lecture, Rabbi Anemer points out how "Zion" is associated with King David, and also makes the point that when Saul was appointed king, it was not God's idea that a king be pointed at all -- he gave the Nation of Israel an option to have a king if they wanted. But since they decided to have a king, God did not fulfill Jacob/Israel's prophecy that the king would descend from Judah, but "for whatever reason" he gave them Saul, a Benjamite. Therefore, when the nations attack Zion, they are really attacking God.
Dec
23
comment To whom does the Psalmist refer to in Psalm 2:6 as “the installed King of Zion”?
@jas3.1 listen to the lecture for explanation re Saul.
Dec
22
answered What else can “Fifteen cubits from above” in Gen 7:20 mean?
Dec
22
answered To whom does the Psalmist refer to in Psalm 2:6 as “the installed King of Zion”?
Dec
16
comment Who were the Pharisees?
Downvoter: What was your reason for the downvote? Theological differences are not an appropriate basis for downvoting, you should know.
Dec
4
comment The name of God in ancient manuscripts
You might want to consider ancient Jewish Biblical commentators who found that when the Divine four-letter Name was used, God would be acting with his attribute of Mercy, and that when Elokim (for religious reasons I've changed the h to a k) is used, God is acting in a more judgmental capacity. From that analysis there are very interesting insights that can be reached.
Dec
1
answered Double-doubt about Numbers 12:6-8, the Speaker cannot be (or include) Jesus. (so no Trinity here)
Nov
26
answered Is Ecclesiastes a book of negative wisdom?
Nov
18
comment What is the new covenant made with Jews/Israel in Jeremiah 31:31
@wilberteric: you're right that the Christian "covenant" is different. It promises only atonement; in contrast, the Jewish covenants challenged the Jewish people to reach higher--to be Holy (Lev 19:2). Moreover, God's covenant thru circumcision teaches that we can remove our physical and spiritual flaws.
Nov
10
answered Who is the desolate one and who is the one who is married in Isaiah 54:1?
Nov
10
revised What is the significance of seal, cord, and staff?
I filled in some details I couldn't do on my blackberry.