I'm very new to this but intend to start learning S.T.a.M. I have some questions to help get me started:
1) A very nice man, and I assume well respected, suggested I purchase the Mishnah Berurah English/Hebrew and start reading Tefillin chapter 32 to get started. I'll be purchasing a paper copy, rather than the CD. I found a large set at eichlers.com for $399. a) is this a good price? b) and is this a good place to start? (This is a lot of money for me, but not outrageously so. I just can't afford to spend money like this if there are better options.)
2) I'm a Conservative Convert. (Long story, but I have little choice in the matter. I'll become Orthodox whenever the opportunity arises.) In the mean time, I assume it is not permitted for me to write Torah, Mezuzah, and Tefillin. What can I write? A Megillah? Ketubot? Also, if I write solely for myself, could I write S.T.a.M. for my own use? Though I have already purchased, and had checked, all twelve Mezuzot that I need at the moment, the question occurred to me, and I know I'll be needing more some time in the future (I own a second house that I'm considering putting Mezuzot on, but am unsure at the moment, as non-Jews will be living in it; plus, I like to have some spares so I can put those up when I send the installed ones out for checking.
P.S. I corrected the price from $299 to $399--finger glitch.