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Among those Rabbis that I know, if/when they are approached by someone who wasn't raised as a Jew but has a Jewish maternal grandparent, they welcome them with open arms as Jews, albeit Jews who have been estranged from their own religion. I have known this to have occurred on multiple occasions (although I was never personally involved in any). It may be ...


No, the rabbi wouldn't find it strange. & Yes, he would accepted you at the spot as 100% jewish. And I can tell you from my own personal experience they would be even very happy!


Sounds like you have a very complicated situation. This may be a job for a therapist. Again, concepts of "sanctuary for repentance" don't really fit with the vocabulary of Judaism. But for theory's sake: at your average Orthodox Union synagogue, if someone shows up and says "I wasn't raised observant, I was previously married to someone not Jewish and now ...


Rama discusses a similar situation in ShA OC 54:3 where, after reciting Yishtabach, the congregation halted the prayer service for specific Mitzva/communal needs. He recommends in that case for the Chazzan to recite "some verses from Pesukei Dizimra" and say Kaddish "on them". (It seems to me that his specification of "from Pesukei Dizimra" is lav davka and ...


I was in a similar situation a decade ago. The Rabbi of the orthodox shul looked into my background and accepted me and made me feel welcome. You never know where such things lead and I'm now on the shul's board and am an assistant gabbai. You're halachically Jewish and will be recognised as such. What you do with that is up to you.


Mishchas Shemen volume 2:123 asks this exact question. He concludes that he has to Daven Maariv again.


I assume he means places where one is allowed to interrupt anyway (i.e., not in the middle of a bracha, pesukei dzimra, birchat shma, shemoneh esrei, etc.) in which case his source is presumably e.g. the Mishna Brurah 65:9 or Yalkut Yosef (Tefillah vol 2, p. 462) where they rule that when the congregation is saying "Aleinu...", one should also say it along ...


Significant authorities maintain that tefillah betzibbur [=prayer with a minyan] necessitates that there be ten people actually davening [=praying] together, not just ten people present. According to these posekim, if there are six people davening who are joined by another four who have already davened, the former may recite Kaddish and Kedushah, but they ...


The Shulchan Aruch in Orach Chaim in סימן תקמד - דין צרכי רבים בחל המועד says: א צָרְכֵי רַבִּים מֻתָּר לַעֲשׂוֹתָהּ בְּחֹל הַמּוֹעֵד, כְּגוֹן לְתַקֵּן הַדְּרָכִים וּלְהָסִיר מֵהֶם הַמִּכְשׁוֹלוֹת; וּלְצַיֵּן הַקְּבָרוֹת כְּדֵי שֶׁיִּזָּהֲרוּ מֵהֶם הַכֹּהֲנִים; וּלְתַקֵּן הַמִּקְוָאוֹת. הגה: וְדַוְקָא צָרְכֵי רַבִּים כָּאֵלּוּ, שֶׁהֵם צְרִיכִים ...

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