I am looking for a sefer in either english or hebrew that provides a comprehensive discussion on the halachos of conversion. I'm specifically looking for how it has evolved throughout history and the broad range of opinions relating to it.

I would love recommendations of books from all sections of the Jewish community.


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Menachem Finkelstein's excellent Conversion: Halakhah and Practice is available in English and Hebrew. It covers the topic from biblical sources through to 20th-century responsa.


Laws of Conversion by Rabbi Rafael Cohen Soae provides a comprehensive treatment on the laws as they are currently upheld, and a short summary of differences between different communities and countries, as well as a short summary of how things were done when we still went by the Shulchan Arch for conversion.

The book is available in either bilingual English-Hebrew or Spanish-Hebrew format.


Shulchan Arukh - Yore Deah, Siman 268

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    Does this siman cover "a comprehensive discussion on the halachos of conversion and specifically how they have evolved throughout history and the broad range of opinions relating to it." ?
    – mbloch
    Jun 17, 2023 at 18:59
  • @mbloch evolution of discussion could happen, but still it's not supposed to go far away from Halacha standards, and Shulchan Arukh is widely accepted and by Ashkenazim and by Sephardim Jun 17, 2023 at 23:23
  • That is all right but the goal of this site is to answer people's questions. As such your question doesn't address the original question.
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    Jun 18, 2023 at 3:30
  • @mbloch I don't understand. Question was to provide a source for "comprehensive discussion on the halachos of conversion". "specifically looking for how it has evolved throughout history". First point - Torah, second point probably Yevamot, third Shulchan Aruch Siman 268 where Joseph Caro discussed and got approved all aspects with rabbis from both sides and made comprehensive work that is there. Clear Halacha. What kind of other books are you referring? Are we discussing Judaism and applied Halacha or opinion journalism? Jun 18, 2023 at 9:01

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