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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.


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.
Nov
9
comment Psalm 34:20 applied to Jesus' crucifixion
@wilberteric: because Christianity has a different answer does not justify a down-vote for a thorougly-sourced answer from the Jewish perspective. If so, I would have to down-vote every Christian answer for which Jewish sources disagree, especially since many of those sources pre-date Christianity. Consider that the Gospels arguably could have been written to add "newly-discovered details" that "fulfilled" prophecy.
Nov
9
awarded  Revival
Nov
9
answered What is the significance of seal, cord, and staff?
Nov
9
comment What is the significance of seal, cord, and staff?
See my answer. You're stretching far off course.
Nov
9
comment Psalm 34:20 applied to Jesus' crucifixion
@wilberteric It appears that you down-voted my answer b/c it isn't the Chistian answer. The verse had meaning for Jews before Jesus,you should know, and has meaning even for those not desperate for post hac rationalizations.
Nov
6
comment Exo. 2:12: Did Moses commit murder?
There is a midrash that the Egyptian raped the Jew's wife in the dark night, got caught by the husband, and subsequently abused his authority to the peril of the husband. I imagine that the Jews got blamed for the murder and blamed Moses.
Nov
5
answered Exo. 2:2: “…that he was good, and she hid him three months…”
Nov
5
answered Exo. 2:12: Did Moses commit murder?
Nov
4
answered What/where is Topheth?
Nov
4
comment What is the new covenant made with Jews/Israel in Jeremiah 31:31
@joseph - the all caps emphasis was b/c I don't know how to use bold face print in comments. But you still didn't read Lev 26:44-45 before reaching your conclusion.
Nov
3
comment Psalms 46 - Be still or relax?
In the modern lexicon, God is saying to Israel's potential enemies: "chill. I've got Israel's back." See Rashi's understanding at chabad.org/library/bible_cdo/aid/16267#v=11&showrashi=true
Nov
3
comment What is the new covenant made with Jews/Israel in Jeremiah 31:31
@Joseph - Please read all of Ch. 26. As a whole the chapter lists (a) the punishments for violations of the Mosaic law, and (b) God's fondness for the patriarchs (in the verse you cited), and then God concludes (at 26:44-45 that notwithstanding the sins of the Jews, He will not "break My Covenant ... but I will for their sakes remember the covenant of THEIR ANCESTORS, WHOM I BROUGHT FORTH OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God" (Emph. added). Clearly God is referring to the generations of Moses and Joshua and His covenants with them.
Oct
30
answered What is the best translation of Job 6:14?
Oct
30
revised What is the new covenant made with Jews/Israel in Jeremiah 31:31
Edited to address the bulleted questions.
Oct
30
revised What is the new covenant made with Jews/Israel in Jeremiah 31:31
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Oct
30
revised What is the new covenant made with Jews/Israel in Jeremiah 31:31
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Oct
30
comment What is the new covenant made with Jews/Israel in Jeremiah 31:31
This seems to be a post hoc rationale to defend Christian idology, specifically, replacement theology. How do you explain the fact that Leviticus 26 says that the covenant of Mt. Sinai cannot be annulled?