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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 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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In Job, Satan is clearly working for God. Do you have an Old Testament source to say that any angel has free will? Or would you say that the concept of Satan as a loose cannon that God has no control over is an innovation of the NT?
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