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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.


Mar
18
awarded  Yearling
Feb
10
revised Who incited David to take a census and what's wrong with taking a census anyway?
Edited at author's invitation to add Jewish sources.
Feb
10
suggested suggested edit on Who incited David to take a census and what's wrong with taking a census anyway?
Feb
10
comment Who incited David to take a census and what's wrong with taking a census anyway?
@JackDouglas See my answer for the Jewish sources.
Feb
9
comment Why does David mourn the death of his adult son Absalom and not the death of his baby son?
You might point out that even when Avsalom was trying to kill David, David still found it appropriate to write a psalm in praise of G-d (Ps. 3). According to the Midrash to Ps. 3:3, David saw Avsalom's rebellion as a more suitable fulfillment of the prophecy at 2 Sam. 12:11 than if the rebellion had been led by one of his servants.
Feb
9
answered Why does David mourn the death of his adult son Absalom and not the death of his baby son?
Feb
9
comment Who incited David to take a census and what's wrong with taking a census anyway?
This answer would be better with some references to Jewish sources, which are plentiful.
Feb
9
answered Who incited David to take a census and what's wrong with taking a census anyway?
Jan
28
comment What does the “splendour of Israel” has been hurled down to earth mean?
@Bagpipes -- I don't see the connection, so I'm pretty sure it didn't influence me.
Jan
28
revised What does the “splendour of Israel” has been hurled down to earth mean?
Fixed link.
Jan
28
answered What does the “splendour of Israel” has been hurled down to earth mean?
Dec
23
comment What does “image” in Genesis 1:26-27 mean?
Generally, I agree with this. Neither G-d nor the angels have physical form, therefore, the reference to "image" must reflect their attributes and potential; i.e. the Torah here is therefore saying that Man has been created with the abiltiy to perfect himself and obtain the highest spiritual levels. For this reason, Ben Azzai -- a Pharisee who lived just after Jesus -- said that similar language at Gen. 5:1 was the greatest principle in all of Scripture, noting that our love for G-d should translate in love for ourselves and our neighbors. Jerusalem Talmud, Nedarim 9:41c.
Dec
23
answered How do we know the usage of the term Adonai in Genesis 15:2?
Dec
20
comment What was Onan's sin?
The Gemara at Yevamos 34b also suggests that Er and Onan also committed sodomy with Tamar, in addition to pre-mature withdrawal. Er because he did not want to spoil Tamar's beauty by letting her get pregnant. Onan's reason was that he didn't want to father her child if the baby would follow Er's name.
Dec
16
revised Psalm 51:5 CEV vs ESV
I wanted to add something about the general concept of the capacity of man to achieve perfection and the concept that we start in a state of perfection, not deep in a hole of sin.
Dec
16
comment How frequently is God attributed to saying “Don't be afraid”?
I would not think "be not afraid" is a commandment. It certainly isn't counted among the 613 commandments Jews find in the Five Books of Moses (i.e. the Torah).
Dec
16
revised Abraham's faith accounted to him for righteousness
Edited to hi-light the key points of this question that have been missed by some suggesting answers. Also added a link to the Hebrew/English text.
Dec
16
answered Does Solomon say that trades, where lifting and carrying are involved, are a punishment for sin?
Dec
16
answered What is meant by “as numerous as the stars of the sky”?
Dec
16
suggested suggested edit on Abraham's faith accounted to him for righteousness