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I was taught that a convert loses his relations after conversion:
"גר שהתגייר כתינוק שנולד".

First, after Tzipora allegedly converted Yitro is no longer her father in relation to anything Halachic, and therefore not Moses's in-law. After the second round of Yitro's conversion he "lost it once more".

However, in Parshas Yitro, he is continuously referred by the Torah and the interpreters as Moses's in-law. Moses is also showing a great deal of respect, because of him being his relative - and not because of הכרת הטוב only.

How these interpretations can be explained in contrary to the accepted Halachah?

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    Consider that conversions before matan Torah were not as formal as after, and rules regarding family members were not necessarily as with our converts – mbloch Jan 26 '19 at 18:41
  • @mbloch Please continue... meaning what? – Al Berko Jan 26 '19 at 18:49
  • Meaning it is possible Yitro converted but kept his family relations, and Moshe kept relating to him with the kavod due to the father of his wife (which Yitro remained). I don't think Yitro immersed in a mikve, got a brit etc. in front of a beit din. This probably came later. I have no sources for this yet - which is why I wrote "Consider" – mbloch Jan 26 '19 at 18:50
  • This calls forth 2 issues -- one is the nature of "marriage" before matan torah and the second is whether there is any religious significance to being labeled a father-in-law or if that is simply a fact based on common understanding, not a religious signifier. – rosends Jan 26 '19 at 23:44
  • Naomi is called Ruth's mother in law even after Machlon died. Maybe it doesn't mean Halakhic relation as regards geneology – Double AA Jan 27 '19 at 0:47

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