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Dec
22
comment Ever Encouraging Conversion?
I recall reading that the child of a Jewish father is not to be turned away. I will look for a source
Nov
29
comment Is a dinner party gift muktza?
Thanks. Is it problematic if a non-Jewish guest brings a gift and drives to the dinner party?
Sep
16
comment Can a person convert if they are living with a non-Jewish person?
Hope the Beth Din will be understanding! With regards to bisul olam, we cook separate meals with her being a vegetarian so we don't really share meals together. I've considered the extra appliances but that's costly too... Worst case scenario, I'll have to wait until she is in a position to move out.
Sep
16
comment Can a person convert if they are living with a non-Jewish person?
thanks for the good wishes! :)
Sep
16
comment Can a person convert if they are living with a non-Jewish person?
I don't think I have a choice but to kasher appliances every time. I can't kick her out, she has nowhere to go.
Sep
16
comment Can a person convert if they are living with a non-Jewish person?
Yes, I live within walking distance of the shul and there is an eruv. I don't have a TV (still getting settled after moving) & we don't usually turn the stereo on. I only have one sink so it's already complicated. Perhaps I can try the separate basins thing? This is a relative who needs a place to stay, and I can't kick her out. I really want to convert and increase my observances but I don't want to impose on her either. She does her laundry & cooks on Shabbos but I can't make her shomer shabbat just because I am. I've sacrificed a lot for her - just want to do something for me for a change.
Sep
14
comment Do women also wear white on Yom Kippur?
Ok - the women at my Chabad shul and the other orthodox shuls wore white as well. Yom Kippur publication at Chabad shul encouraged everyone to wear white and men to wear a kittel...
Sep
13
comment What aspects of Yom Kippur may a non-Jew not participate in?
@JeffreyLevine thanks for the good wishes, and Shanah Tovah to you as well! I will ask the Rabbi about Yizkor.
Sep
12
comment What aspects of Yom Kippur may a non-Jew not participate in?
I doubt that will be an issue. It's a Chabad shul and I've yet to see a woman opening the ark. Furthermore, Rabbi knows that I'm converting.
Sep
12
comment What aspects of Yom Kippur may a non-Jew not participate in?
both, confusing sorry. I will be fasting and I have not yet been assigned a personal Rabbi. I've been attending services at a Chabad shul and I know the Rabbi doesn't do conversions so I don't want impose on him by asking him...
Sep
7
comment Does someone maternally Jewish, but without documented proof, need “giyur l'chumra”?
@RabbiMichaelTzadok , would one be issued with a 'certificate of Jewishness' if it is found that they are of matrilineal Jewish descent? How is that recognised? Also, what if along the line the ancestors deviated and practiced avodah zarah? I read that if a Jew decides to return to Judaism after idol worship, they have to immerse in mikveh, so is this required of someone who later discovers that they are of Jewish matrilineal descent?
Aug
28
comment Non-Jews & Shul Access
@user3142 Thank you for your reply and your encouragement.
Aug
27
comment Non-Jews & Shul Access
Thank you. The reason I posted this question is that despite my repeated calls and requests to visit a shul, they have not yet said I can visit. I don't know why. I really want to convert, I went into debt to move into walking distance of this shul and I'm not a secret 'Messianic'. I have since been attending services at a Reform shul because that beats staying at home, but I don't feel that I'm getting the full picture + there are too many 'Messianics' there.
Jun
29
comment Matrilineal descent & Zera Israel
@msh210, yes I am asking if the person fits the definition of Zera Yisrael since their status as a Jewish person is in doubt but it is acknowledged that they have Jewish ancestors. Thank you
Jun
27
comment Matrilineal descent & Zera Israel
@msh210 I tagged halacha because I thought matrilineal descent renders one "halachically Jewish" I apologise if this was offensive to you or if I am incorrect, and I have since removed the tag.
Jun
14
comment Leaving work in time for Shabbat
Thanks so much for your informative response!
Jan
24
comment First trip to the synagogue! Tips and advice please!
I would very much like to attend an Orthodox synagogue but it seems almost unwelcoming or off limits for non-Jews. Most of what I have learned about Judaism has been from Orthodox sources, and I think it is important for me to experience it first hand before I begin my conversion with the beth din, but it seems unattainable in a way right now. My experience with the previous Rabbi has made me a bit afraid and weary to contact another shul for a visit. In the meantime, I will continue attending Shabbat services at the progressive synagogue.
Jan
24
comment First trip to the synagogue! Tips and advice please!
Unfortunately, I have not been able to visit an Orthodox synagogue. At the time I posted this question, I was in communcation with an the Rabbi of an Orthodox shul regarding my visit. He was too busy over the High Holy days, I waited, I filled in the necessary forms and gave them all the information they required but he did not get back to me - in fact he has ignored me and I do not know why! Perhaps he thinks I'm a 'Messianic' which I am not, or he is trying to discourage me because I want to convert, or he just doesn't like me. I've since been attending a Progressive synagogue regularly.
Nov
18
comment Ululating in Jewish culture
I read somewhere that Israelites would have as it is a common custom in the Middle East. I'll look for the link.
Oct
23
comment Where is a mediator between God and man forbidden
Thank you. Does praying to intercessors fall under the commandments against idolatry or worshipping foreign gods?