Historically there have been times where converting to Judaism was a crime punishable by the local rulers. The severity of the punishment in some instances was as extreme as being put to death. I would like to know if there is any halachic literature discussing whether or not a person is allowed to convert in situations of great personal risk (bodily harm, monetary or otherwise).

Furthermore I would like to understand if the rabbinic authorities who perform conversions are allowed/prohibited to do so in instances of great personal risk to the convert. In other words, even if a convert is allowed to proceed in situations of risk, perhaps those parties who would 'perform' the conversion are prohibited from doing so.

  • Beis Milah as an adult carries a certain amount of risk
    – Joel K
    Dec 15, 2022 at 11:28
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    @JoelK iinm poskim discuss a goy shemeitu achiv machmat milah
    – Double AA
    Dec 15, 2022 at 14:00
  • The vilna gaon spoke very highly about Avraham ben Avraham even though he ended up getting executed and he knew the risks from the outset
    – Chatzkel
    Dec 16, 2022 at 3:00


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