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Circumcision is one of the Torah's 613 commandments. A convert to Judaism has to accept all of them. If he does not accept even one commandment, he is not accepting Judaism. If he accepts that is a valid commandment but doesn't wish to fulfill it, he might as well not convert, so that he won't get punished for that.


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In order to convert one has to accept all the commandments, which includes circumcision. If one would clearly not want to accept one of the commandments no Orthodox Rabbi would do such a conversion. http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pagefeed/hebrewbooks_org_12136_14.pdf


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I am an active member of a Reform congregation and know a lot of converts through that channel. In addition, I've taken some training (from CCAR/HUC) designed to prepare lay people to assist with common synagogue tasks ("para-rabbinic", of a sort), and this training included conversion assistance. (Note: lay people do not make decisions in that area; ...


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Technically speaking, the children of converts are non-Jewish and remain so unless they convert. Should the mother want to covert them when they are little, there's a procedure, which - IIRC - is reversible by the child when they turn Bat/Bar Mitzva (12 years old for girls, 13 years old for boys.) So there would seem no reason to raise these children as ...


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To answer the 2nd half of your question: Shouldn't the ger be able to to prepare the para aduma? No. A Para Aduma can only be prepared by a Cohen. (A Ger cannot be a Cohen.) The Rambam הלכות פרה אדומה פרק א הלכה י"ג says that any Cohen can be used. אף כוהן הדיוט, כשר לשריפת הפרה--שנאמר "ונתתם אותה, אל אלעזר הכוהן" (במדבר יט,ג), ועדיין אהרון היה ...


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Tshuvos Vhanhogos 2:506 in the name of Seridai Aish 2:108 says that there are some when converting that fast on the day of immersion. However Tshuvos Vhanhogos says that a convert should only fast up until the immersion, as after that it is a Yom Tov for him and it is inappropriate to fast then. The reason is that similar to a groom who fasts on the day of ...


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It's actually dependent on a disagreement between Bet Shammai and Bet Hillel. As we learned in Psachim 92a: גר שנתגייר בע"פ ב"ש אומרים טובל ואוכל את פסחו לערב וב"ה אומרים הפורש מן הערלה כפורש מן הקבר: "Somebody who coverts on Erev Pessach: Bet Shammai says he can go to the Mikveh and eat Korban Pessach at night." So Bet shammai would consider him a ...


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In a Teshuva of the Maharam MiRottenberg (#19) he writes that the angel in charge of conception chooses souls from a chamber (that needs to be emptied before Moshiach can come) to place in the womb. Sometimes the angel makes a mistake and puts a Jewish soul in a non-Jewish mother, and sometimes the inverse. The Jewish soul goes on to become a convert to ...


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Rabbi Moshe Feinstein uses this as proof that if a person sincerely accepted all the mitzvos to the best of their understanding, but that understanding was incomplete, that the conversion is valid. Still requires a commitment, though.


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I think you are confusing 2 types of conversions for slaves. See the Rambam in הלכות איסורי ביאה פרק יג ז: כשם שמולין ומטבילין את הגרים, כך מולין ומטבילין את העבדים הנלקחים מן הגויים לשם עבדות. הלוקח עבד מן הגוי, וקדם העבד וטבל לשם בן חורין--קנה עצמו: והוא שיאמר בעת טבילה, הריני טובל בפניכם לשם גירות; ואם טבל בפני רבו, אינו צריך לפרש, אלא כיון שטבל, ...



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