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Questions tagged [conversion-to-judaism]

Conversion to Judaism. This entails acceptance of the mitzvos, tevila (immersion), and for men, bris milah (circumcision).

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Converting in the middle of the omer [duplicate]

If a non-Jew converts in the middle of the omer, would they count the omer that night with a bracha?
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Does a transgender male convert require a Hatafas Dam Bris?

Suppose a transgender male (born female) who's undergone bottom surgery and tattooing to make her genitalia look more masculine decided to convert to Orthodox Judaism. Would such a person be ...
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Wrong brocho made at a bris for a ger?

I was learning Yoreh Deah Hilchos Geirim and couldn't find any commentators explanation as to what should be done if the normal bris milah blessings were made for the circumcision of a convert. It ...
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Circumventing the conversion fuss by enslaving and freeing

Can a long path of the Orthodox conversion be circumvented by the following procedure*? Enslaving a Gentile person by buying from him/herself Dipping him/her in a Mikve before a Beis Din for the ...
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Does a convert retain his debts to Gentiles and to Jews?

Following my previous question, After the conversion, does a convert Halachicly, as a newly formed Jew, keep all his existing debts to other Gentiles and Jews? Also, is he obligated to return A ...
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Why does a fresh convert retain his property?

It seems pretty obvious that a convert keeps his property. It is also Halachicly valid - a convert does not re-acquire his property back after conversion (see Mishnah_Peah.4.6 or Mishnah_Challah.3.6 ...
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Jewish man serve on Beis Din for woman he's dating

Shalom everyone, I'm just curious, if a Jewish man is dating a woman who is converting I assume it wouldn't be appropriate to serve on her beis din, but is it prohibited halachically?
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Estate of a convert whose only possible heir is just that: only a possible heir

The last mishna in chapter 11 of Y'vamos says that if a woman didn't wait long between two marriages and therefore we don't know whether her son, say Samuel, is from the first husband, Aaron, or the ...
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Sources for what happened to Avraham’s Converts? [duplicate]

In Bereishis (12:5 and in Rashi) we see that Avraham converted people in Charan, and then took them with him to Kena’an. Do we know what happened to them? • When Avraham and Lot separated, who did ...
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Non-Jewish family in an Orthodox Jewish Wedding

In a case of a Ger/Convert, what role can non-Jewish parents play at the wedding ceremony? Halachically can the parents accompany their child down the aisle? Could they stand under the Chuppa? Any ...
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Did converts (ger tzedek) in ancient Israel own land? [duplicate]

Sources like Exodus 12:48,49 lead me to believe, that righteous converts/ proselytes(ger tzedek) became full-fledged citizens and members of the nation of Israel. On the other hand, I know that the ...
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Can a Bet Din's Halachic rulings be retroactively annulled if a Dayan is found to be corrupt or a grave sinner?

Are there any retroactive ramifications in a case where Ch"v there is fullproof evidence (or admission) of a Dayan being corrupt or committing sins such as breaking shabbat/adultery/murder or עבירות ...
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Half Jew half Gentile

I always thought it was a misconception to be "half-Jewish". Usually the speaker means one of their parents are Jewish, making them either fully Jewish or fully Gentile. However, I saw today that the ...
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Why does a Na'arah Me'orasah convert who has illicit relations not receive Skilah?

Kesuvos 4:3: הַגִּיּוֹרֶת שֶׁנִּתְגַּיְּרָה בִתָּהּ עִמָּהּ, וְזִנְּתָה, הֲרֵי זוֹ בְּחֶנֶק. [...] הָיְתָה הוֹרָתָהּ שֶׁלֹּא בִקְדֻשָּׁה וְלֵדָתָהּ בִּקְדֻשָּׁה, הֲרֵי זוֹ בִסְקִילָה. [...] הָיְתָה ...
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Is there a korbon needed for conversion? [duplicate]

A Noahide teacher told a friend, who's a convert, that he's not really Jewish because one who converts has to bring a korbon thus he's not Jewish... he asked me regarding this topic but I personally ...
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If someone has children from a non-Jewish woman, should he try to convert the kids?

Suppose a man has children from a non-Jewish woman, though of course the marriage was forbidden. Should he try to convert the kids? Please provide arguments based on Judaism, or Jewish sources that ...
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Can descendants of Amalek become Jewish?

We are commanded to "blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven". Deut 25:19 Haman was a descendant of Amalek [Esther 9:24]. Descendants of Haman studied Torah in Bnei Brak. [Sanhedrin 96b, ...
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Another view on halachic conversion

The Shulchan Aruch says that candidates for conversion must do "Kabbalat Mitzvot". In this article, the author argues that this can be fulfilled by asking the candidate "Do you accept liability for ...
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Should we consider messianic Jews to be Erev Rav? [closed]

Many Jews have fallen victim to the deception of the messianic movement (Jews for j-sus, Hebrew xtians, etc.) Are those that perpetrate this deception tantamount to the Erev Rav in the Wilderness over ...
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What happens to those who have not completed their conversion post to the coming of moshiach?

Given that moshiach can come at any time, what will happen to those that are in the process of conversion? Certain passages such as yevamos 24b, geirus would no longer be performed in the messianic ...
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Mikraos Gedolos set of the entire Tanakh?

I will start by saying that I know nothing and must admit I was raised Christian. I had some curiosity as to why Christians are Christian when our guy that we are supposed to imitate and be like told ...
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How do most Rabbis justify teaching Torah to conversion candidates?

According to the Rambam ( Shoftim ~ Melachim uMilchamot ~ Chapter 10 ~ Halacha 9), a non-Jew who studies Torah is obligated to die and a non-Jew should only study his Seven mitzvot. I reason that it ...
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Can a convert be considered in-law after the conversion?

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, ...
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Clarification of Yitro's comparison of G-d vs other gods

Yitro says (Shmos 18,11): "עַתָּה יָדַעְתִּי כִּי־גָדוֹל ה' מִכָּל־הָאֱלֹהִים כִּי בַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר זָדוּ עֲלֵיהֶם׃ " "Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods, yes, by the result of ...
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How did Yitro know he can join the Jewish Nation?

The fact of Yitro's conversion passes transparently in the Torah commentary. However, I wondered why he assumed he'll be accepted to the Jewish people and not rejected? Especially for those who ...
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Does Chazakah work to consider someone a Jew?

Following my answer to "natural conversion", I wondered if there are sources that specifically contradict or support my claim that, similarly to other questionable situation resolved Halachicly by ...
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Is there a possibility of 'natural conversion'?

Let's suppose someone wants from all his heart to convert, has no ways to travel for an official conversion and decides to convert himself and to follow all halachot and mitsvot of the Torah. I have ...
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Benei Menashe Jews [duplicate]

A group of people from the North-East of India claimed to be the descendents of the lost tribe of Menashe. It was confirmed in 2005 by Rabbi Shlomo Amar Shlit"a, the then Sefardic chief Rabbi of ...
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Not a Full Conversion? [duplicate]

If a woman converts to Judaism and doesn’t keep all the laws of the Torah, for example, she dresses immodestly, is she still considered Jewish? Does one need to keep all the laws of the Torah when ...
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Is a convert considered a real Jew if not keeping kosher? [duplicate]

If a person converts to Judaism is he/she considered a real Jew if he/she doesn’t keep kosher? I’m concerned because my mother converted properly and in accordance with Jewish law, but she never ...
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Why didn't Onkelus change his name upon becoming a Ger?

When a non-Jew converts to Judaism he/she usually changes their name to a Jewish name, so Why didn't Onkelus change his name upon becoming a Ger?
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Why did the sea travelers in Yonah 1 proselytize instead of becoming righteous gentiles?

We read in Yonah 1 about the men who traveled on a boat with Yonah. When the sea ceased storming we read: "And the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and they made sacrifices to the Lord and made vows."...
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Can a convert become a Cohen? [duplicate]

Can a son born to a Jewish father who is a Cohen, and a non Jewish mother subsequently convert to Judaism and in the process become a Cohen?
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Where to convert? Please help [closed]

My name is Caleb and I am a former Celtic Pagan who wishes to convert to Orthodox Judaism. I want to convert more than anything. My soul yearns for it. I'm not content being a Noahide, and even though ...
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Does a Ger have a Chiyuv to get an Aliya?

Inspired by the comments to my answer about (pseudo) 2nd Bar Mitzvahs. Both the Magen Avraham in 282:18 and the Biur Halocho in 136:1:1 mention that the reason a Bar Mitzva boy has a high priority to ...
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Converted Shochet

Different standards are applied to resolving the question of "Who is a Jew" in different situations- When trying to complete a minyan, we simply ask someone if he is Jewish. Prior to marriage, ...
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Halacha to be jew (from parents) [duplicate]

I have a friend that her grandfather (from her mother) was jew, he married a woman that wasn't jew. What is the halachic position of this friend of mine??? Is she considered to be jew? If not, what ...
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Non-jewish woman converting for marriage [duplicate]

If a non Jewish woman converts in order to marry a Jewish man are their children still considered Jewish? Even though the mother is converted and not raised in the religion.
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Why can't converts be dayanim?

Converts are not "מקרב אחיך" and thus are not allowed to be dayanim, in my understanding. Why then are they not מקרב אחיך? Thanks in advance.
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Is a convert's biological son obligated in "kibud av' (honoring his father)?

This is the reverse of this question, in a sense. Suppose that a Gentile intermarries and he has a son who is Jewish. Later, the Gentile converts. Is the biological son ever halachically obligated to ...
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Is a child allowed to circumcise his father?

Assume that the father is a Gentile who married a Jewish woman. The child, who is Jewish, obviously, becomes a mohel. Years, later, the father decides to convert, so he needs a brit. Is the son ...
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Does a Ger who was a firstborn need to redeem himself?

Related: Does a child born to a mother that converted when she was pregnant need Pidyon HaBen? If a man who was a firstborn in his Gentile family converts to Judaism, must he redeem himself after ...
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“She may marry any Jewish man”

My friend showed me her conversion document. The last sentence was [almost identical to the following]: "She may marry any Jewish man except a Kohen." Why would the conversion document go out of its ...
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Is it a sin to deceive one's converting Beis Din?

I am asking about the situation about a convert-in-progress who lies at some point during the conversion process, either--more to-the-point--in response to the prefatory questions about personal ...
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Retroactive psak and conversions

B"H I constantly read about Orthodox conversions which are retroactively nullified by the Israeli Rabbanut, sometimes affecting multiple generations. I am not writing this question to express nor ...
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How do we know the maternal line is pure?

This question may seem abstract and strange, but it is genuine. We obviously don't have ketubot of every marriage and certificates of every conversion, but yet, our assumption is that the Jewish ...
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How do people with overwhelming financial difficulties convert? [closed]

I have a sincere desire to convert Orthodox with my family and don't have the financial means to do so. My main question is how do people in these circumstances handle all the extra duties that are ...
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Can a woman divorce her husband and then convert to Judaism?

What are the rules for a divorced woman to become Jewish. IE is it permitted, can a Jewish home be kept, and can the children still be considered members? Are there prohibitions for such a situation ...
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Do the Gentiles have “Three partners in man” and why they exempt from honoring parents?

The Gemmorah in Kiddushin 30b states (: "שלשה שותפין הן באדם הקב"ה ואביו ואמו" There are three partners in the forming of a person: The Holy One, Blessed be He, who provides the soul, and his ...
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How can geirus (conversion to Judaism) be done without the prospective convert knowing at least the basics of ALL the mitzvos?

When discussing the procedure of conversion to Judaism - Geirus, The Rambam (Hilchos Isurei Biah 14:2) Writes: וּמוֹדִיעִין אוֹתוֹ עִקְּרֵי הַדָּת שֶׁהוּא יִחוּד הַשֵּׁם וְאִסּוּר עַכּוּ''ם. ...