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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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revised Did Dante's Divine Comedy describe or define Christian views on the afterlife?
attached a link to a page that provides the Divine Comedy online.
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answered Is it true that Martin Luther was calling for killing Hebrew people?
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comment Is it true that Martin Luther was calling for killing Hebrew people?
Also, I must note, your answer really didn't answer the question.
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comment Is it true that Martin Luther was calling for killing Hebrew people?
What is missing in your analysis is the timing of the statements. The kinder statements about Jews and Judaism come earlier in Luther's life, when he believed that Jews would convert to his form of Christianity if he was able to institute his reforms. The anti-semitism is not just a reflection of the time, but rather a result of the fact that Jews still refused to convert even after hearing of his reforms. He assumed that the Talmud and rabbinic thought was behind this (although there is no evidence he had any clue what the Talmud says). He never considered that the Jews might have a point.
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comment How did Martin Luther see Israel?
Regarding the last block quote -- did he write that before or after "On Jews and their Lies"? The book he wrote after he realized that Jews would not accept his version of Christianity; before then he thought that what kept Jews from converting were the same complaints he had with the Church.
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accepted How does the Catholic church view Freemasons?
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comment Did Dante's Divine Comedy describe or define Christian views on the afterlife?
A few sources to support your points regarding what Catholic doctrine was at the time would make your answer best. Do you know of writings by Catholics, contemporaries especially, who might have attacked some of Dante?
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comment Did Dante's Divine Comedy describe or define Christian views on the afterlife?
In high school I read John Ciardi's annotated translation of Inferno and loved the footnotes more than the text, just to see who Dante had assigned to the rings of Hell.
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