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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Where does it say that a convert's yetzer hara becomes stronger?

I hear this from many authoritative sources but where is it from Torah she beal peh? Is it merely because all the mitzvot are now obligatory or are there deeper reasons?
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Are ALL a convert's sins erased?

I've heard a convert's sins are all forgiven when they convert. Are even sins between men erased? If, G-d forbid, a non-Jew said "I will sin now, and the sin will be forgiven when I convert" ...
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Are you Jewish if adopted immediately after birth by a Jewish mother raised and having lived Catholic? [duplicate]

This is a hypothetical with a fact pattern that has not been answered by any previous questions. Generally, a non-Jew adoptee in a Jewish family will be Jewish by halachic upbringing. If a child of a ...
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How could Batya convert without a Jewish court?

A follow up to "how-did-batya-know-that-tevilah-is-part-of-conversion". Rashi in place (Sota 12b) proposes that by dipping in the Nile Batya converted (presumably to Judaism). For Rashi, how ...
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How did Bisya/Basya know that tevilah is part of conversion?

In Shemos 2:5, we read the daughter of Pharaoh came down "לִרְחֹץ עַל הַיְאֹר" "To dip into the Nile". The Gemara in Sotah 12b says it means she came to convert. How did she know ...
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Conversion and Devarim 23:8-9

Shalom. I am a little confused by what appears to me to be a discrepancy between the halakha concerning gerus and Devarim 23:8-9. The latter verse states that ‘Children born to [Edomites and ...
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The origins of Rabbi Akiva

In this lecture, historian Gershon Bar-Kochva recounts the story of how Rabbi Akiva's parents met. In short, his mother, Sarah, was an orphan living in Lod. Her neighbor was a non-Jew who was ...
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On the occurence and existence of mass conversions to Judaism after antiquity

I've been reading up on conversions to Judaism/the Jewish people and most conversions have been (and are) of an individual nature. But there seem to have been a few mass conversions along the way. I ...
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Consequence of filial mitzvot with parents and children both converting

A person who converts loses his halachic connections to his family (see the gemara at the bottom of Yevamot 48b as well as Yevamot 98a). What happens to "filial mitzvot" (e.g., filial ...
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Calling a convert up to the Torah as "Ben Avraham Avinu"

I hear sometimes people being called up to the Torah as "Ploni Ben Avraham Avinu" I assume that these are people who - by their own choice - wish to advertise that they are converts. (I also ...
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Does growing up in Israel (thereby being fluent in Hebrew and Jewish traditions) with a Jewish family have any effect on the conversion process?

Assume a boy, Ploni, is born to a non-Jewish mother and a Jewish father in Israel. Ploni's mother is not halachically Jewish but has integrated into non-Orthodox Jewish culture. Ploni speaks, reads, ...
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Can a kofer be a dayan on a giyur beis din?

Assuming a person meets the Rambam's definition of a kofer as outlined in Hilchos Teshuvah Chapter 3, can such a person serve as dayan on a giyur beis din?
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Why does a gayr make the blessing "who has not made me a goy"? [duplicate]

If a gayr was originally a goy, the way Hashem literally made him, when he was born, then how is he able to say in the morning blessings every day, "blessed are you, Hashem, our power, king of ...
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Halachically, must a Jewish convert sever ties with his non-Jewish family?

It has been said that a convert must avoid aspects, or relics of their non-Jewish life, from before conversion. I have heard some rabbis say, all ties to genetic family are severed with conversion. ...
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Are children born to a mother who converted in a non-orthodox tradition considered Jewish under orthodox law? [duplicate]

I understand that conversions made under a non-orthodox tradition are typically not accepted under orthodox law. My question is, if a child born to a mother who was converted in a non-orthodox ...
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Is being Jewish a race / ethnicity or a religion? [closed]

I am genuinely interested, whether Jewish people identify as an ethnicity / race, or as "religious people" (of any race, i.e. as "Christians": not tied to any particular race). If ...
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Publicizing your conversion to Judaism?

There's a fairly well known journalist who is undergoing conversion and also writing a number of articles about it. I can't point to a specific part of halacha, but somehow this just feels off. ...
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How do you treat the stranger?

The Torah tells us: The stranger among you shall be subject to the same laws as you are; he has your same rights; don’t abuse him or wrong him or oppress him; love him or you will be cursed; you know ...
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How Do Modern Orthodox Women Typically Dress?

I am currently studying to convert (as you can tell I still have quite a ways to go but I will get there eventually) and, for awhile I was set on conservative but, recently, I've been quite ...
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Statistical Report(s) on Children of ConvertForMarriage+Born-Jewish Parents

Does anyone have/know where to find statistical reports on children of (1 Jewish Spouse + 1 Converted-to-Judaism-Mostly-For-Marriage Spouse) and their maintaining a Jewish connection? I am having a ...
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Guidance with conversion standards

Shalom, My wife and I are currently undergoing a local Reform/Conservative approved class and conversion. We have previously been through an Orthodox conversion class for nearly a year but were ...
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Must converts to Judaism inform their families?

A candidate for conversion to Judaism appears to be very sincere, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, dedicated, and is not suspected of having ulterior motives. But he states that he does not intend to ...
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Would a conversion witnessed by three Jewish sheidim be approved? [closed]

Would the conversion of a person, (knowledgeable in Halacha, meeting all the criteria for conversion), be halachically approved and functional, if the Beit Din is formed of three observant Jewish ...
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Trying to convert having a Child with a goy woman and implications

A man who wants to convert who alread have a Child without a marriage (out marriage son). What are the implications of this situation? If he converts, will his child kept being considered his child? ...
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Which non-jews are not eligible for conversion?

I know that most non-jews are allowed to convert if for the right reason. Which non-jews are forbidden to convert?
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Are a convert's children considered to be of Jewish lineage?

Last week's parsha talks about appointing a Jewish king over Israel, and that it is prohibited to appoint a king who is not of Jewish lineage, even if he is a convert. At what point are one's children ...
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Convert attached to another gilgul?

Someone just told me that a ger earns their Jewish status (on a kabbalistic level) by attaching themselves to a Jewish soul that has gone badly astray and needs to do a tikkun. By offering to do the ...
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Prophecy regarding conversion to Judaism

I remember reading somewhere in the Tanakh (in one of the of the books from Nevi'im), that when the times of the Messiah are coming near, many gentiles will start to express an increase interest in ...
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Why was Shimshon allowed to marry a wife from Philistine?

In the Family Midrash Says it is written that Shimshon (Samson) asked his parents to convert the Philistine woman so he can marry her. How can we explain this when in our days we don't convert anyone ...
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Conversion on Shabbos

Can a person who is converting can he do the conversion on Shabbos? Is there problems of tevillah ( is this considered a tevillah shel Mitzvah) and Circumsion( are geirim like 8 day old baby)?
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Is a converted Jew with no Jewish ancestral background or lineage considered a Jew? [duplicate]

I wonder if a gentile converts to Judaism and has no Jewish family background at all then is that person considered a Jew? Are there any sects in Judaism that have this restriction? Any citations or ...
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How does Reform Judaism regard converts who leave Judaism?

I've come to understand over time that if an Orthodox convert leaves Judaism/stops practicing all or some of Judaism, the status of their Jewish identity is decided on a case-by-case basis by the ...
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Is Reform conversion recognized by the Conservative movement?

Are people who have converted to Reform Judaism recognized as Jews by the Conservative movement?
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Recommendation of Books [duplicate]

What books a person pursuing a orthodox conversion normally must read during the entire process. I want to convert in bnei brak
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What's the explanation of this Yalkut (if there is any)?

I was reading this article and in the first sentence it references a Yalkut Shimoni that states that "Jael, Hagar, Asenath, Zipporah, Shiphrah, Puah, the daughter of Pharaoh, Rahab and Ruth were among ...
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Can a male child be forced to convert?

I have read that an adoptive parent (for example) can convert a minor child as the change in status is considered to the advantage of the child so it does not need his consent. This child can renounce ...
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Halakhah for one in the process of converting? [closed]

Shalom. I am pursuing conversion, but have recently encountered a problem in my avodah. I have found that Noachidism is ‘too little’ and full Torah observance ‘too much’ for me. Both extremes have ...
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Can someone in the process of conversion use the phone during shabbes? [closed]

Until one reaches the mikveh, he/she is not a Jew just yet. Since they are obligated to break Shabbes in some way, can they use phones during the day? Should they refrain?
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Can I become Jewish just by saying “I am a Jew”? [duplicate]

I am interested in the faith of Judaism. I am curious about being “informally Jewish”. This is because I am interested in this religion because of its history and willingness to be open. I am not ...
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Can one convert if they are already in the process when mashiach comes? [duplicate]

If there is no more conversion once moshiach comes, what would be the status of a goy in the process? so if someone was already in the process of converting to orthodox judaism but had yet to stand ...
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What is a 'potential convert' called in hebrew/yiddish?

I know that a convert is called a ger tzedek. While a righteous non-Jew/goy is called a goy tzedek. From what I have found so far online, most just say/use "potential convert" when referring to ...
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Who would convert Nebuzardan?

In Gemara Gittin 57b we find a story about Nebuzardan "taking revenge" for the murder of Zechariah Hanavi. To make a long story short, after he literally slaughters thousands of Jewish men, women ...
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Why don't Jews proselytize? Is it a law or a custom? [duplicate]

Is there a specific law that forbids Jews from proselytizing or was it just a custom that became the norm because unlike other major religions Jews believe that members of other faiths can fulfill God'...
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What is the halacha on proselytizing?

What is the halacha on proselytizing? If a Jew tries to convince a non-Jew to become Jewish, is he breaking any commandments or rabbinic decrees? Sources, please. (I know there is evidence we used ...
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Does the lineage cross from mother to son [duplicate]

My Great Great Grand Mother was Jewish. She had three children. Two deceased not long after birth; one survived. The surviving child was a male. Would he be Jewish because of his mother? Would ...
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Jewish Amalekites?

Can an Amalekite convert to Judaism? The Mechilta says no: Rabbi Eliezer says: The Lord swore by His throne of glory: If a gentile comes to convert to Judaism, he will be accepted. But Amalek and ...
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What inspired Pharaoh's daughter to convert?

The Midrash Mishlei (31:5) writes "ותקם בעוד לילה" - זו בתיה בת פרעה, גויה היתה ונעשית יהודיה, והזכירו שמה בין הכשרות, בשביל שעסקה במשה, לפיכך זכתה ונכנסה בחייה לגן עדן - She rises while it'...
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Convert issues when visiting family (eating) [duplicate]

I’m wondering if converts or even just Jews visiting less religious family members or friends have special travel sets of dishes they use when they visit. Is this allowed under the kosher rules? I ...
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Did God want converts in the early days of Judaism?

The Midrash says that Abraham and Sarah made many converts, presumably with God's blessing: Abraham made converts, for it is written, "And Abraham took Sarai his wife... and all the souls that they ...
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Halacha to discourage a convert once every 6 months?

A friend of mine told me that the halacha of discouraging a convert three times has a little nuance - the convert has to make the second and third attempt (to persuade the rabbi to let him convert) at ...

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