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

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Is it fraud for metah-yehudim to represent themselves as yisraelim?

Is it fraud for metah-yehudim (the descendants of converts, not biological descendants of Ya'akov זצוקללה״ה) to represent themselves or operate as if they are yisraelim? If not is it against halachah ...
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Restrictions on a Jewess who was baptised as a child

What are the restrictions for a Jewish girl (husband born Jewish, wife converted to Judaism) who was baptized Christian as a child (not by choice) and then converts back to Judaism (by choice) (re ...
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Minhaguim for a convert how to make the best choice advices [duplicate]

I know that a convert can choose his minhag as whatever he wants. But how to make the best choice according to the Torah logic? As the convert is considered as a newborn, which minhag should he follow?...
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Are non-Jews who are converting to Judaism allowed to read the Talmud?

A general question, I’ve been curious about. Are non-Jews who are converting to Judaism allowed to read the Talmud?
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May a convert/woman be the president or CEO of a tzedakah organization

According to Halacha, people who convert to Judaism or Jewish women are not permitted to have some positions of authority over born Jews. My question is, does being a president or CEO of a tzedakah ...
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How to be Jewish [duplicate]

How to convert to Judaism as a female? I don't have access to going to any temple or shul. I also want to do this online as well. Is it cheap or free too?
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Deuteronomy 31:12 - convert or a Noahide?

I am confused with Deuteronomy 31:12: "the foreigners residing in your towns" this refers to non-Israelites who are living among the Israelites. In Hebrew it's "gerim" (singular: &...
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Conversion for marriage

Halacha dictates that a Jewish court must not convert a non-Jew if it believes it's for the purpose of marrying a Jew (H. Issurei Biah 13:14). But what if the non-Jew is already married to a Jew, non-...
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If a woman converts to Judaism, is she niddah the first time she has sex

The Halacha is that when a Jewish woman who is a virgin has sex for the first time, she becomes niddah whether or not there’s blood stains. If a woman converts to Judaism, and she had sex prior to ...
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Are מתיהדים (geirim) required to give precedence to Yisra'Elim today?

Are מתיהדים also known as geirim or proselytes, the descendants of converts to the Israelite religion, required to give precedence to Yisra'Elim today? https://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/...
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Exceptional cases of conversion in halacha

Pregnant Egyptian mother who converts to Judaism, what status does the child have at birth?
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Halachot on geirut during times of persecution

I’ve often heard that a reason that conversions take years and require nearly full observance prior to the tevilah is that this we do not live in a period of persecution, but the relatively light ...
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Do poor converts get priority in tzedakah/maaser

In Halacha, is there any priority in giving converts, with the Halacha status of ani/poor, tzedakah and Maaser before giving it to poor born Jews? The reason I ask is because there are more positive ...
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Online orthodox conversion [closed]

Is it acceptable to trust the legitimacy of an online Orthodox conversion program provided by studyjudaism.net?
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What is allowed to be studied during conversion?

I have been studying on my own for a year in order to convert to Judaism (Orthodox) as my current job doesn't allow me, moving every week, to settle next to a jewish community and formally launch the ...
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What conversion authorities are recognized throughout the Jewish world?

Suppose person from Brazil (say) wants to convert to Judaism. He goes to a local Orthodox Jewish community speaks with the rabbi, and does whatever the rabbi says in order to convert according to ...
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Orthodox sources on transgender people converting?

Looking for Orthodox sources on trans people and conversion… whether transgender potential converts should be accepted, any potential implications. I believe Sefer Dor Tehafuchot addresses this by ...
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What's the status of a convert whose father is Jewish? Is he unrelated to his biological father like every other Ger?

If a Jewish man had a son from a non-Jewish woman, and this son later converted to Judaism, what's the halacha regarding his relationship with his biological father. A convert is כקטן שנולד and ...
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Child convert rejecting conversion at age of maturity implications

If a child was converted as a child and then rejects that conversion at the age of maturity, does it have backwards implications? Say they touched non mevushal wine before rejecting the conversion… ...
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Can the son of a kohen born to a non-observant giyores be called up to the first Aliya

Can a son of a kohen that married a non-observant giyores be called up to the Torah for the first Aliya?
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Converts born with a Jewish soul (but born to the "wrong" parents), or converts getting a Jewish soul upon conversion?

Converts born with a Jewish soul (but born to the "wrong" parents), or converts getting a Jewish soul upon conversion? I've heard the idea that if somebody converts to Judaism then it means ...
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Obligation of rebuke with non halachic converts

In my understanding, the command to rebuke a sinner only applies if we have reason to believe the sinner will listen. As example, an atheist Jew who breaks Shabbat and won’t listen to rebuke there’s ...
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Conservative converts wanting to marry Orthodox [closed]

If there were an instance where a Conservative convert woman wanted to marry an Orthodox man, would an Orthodox rabbi perform the ceremony?
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Historical references for non-halachic conversion

As of late much ado has been made about in the Torah world about the non-halachic conversion crisis. This is especially controversial in Israel due to halachic problems with gentiles owning land there....
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References that says a proselyte becomes born a new through circumcision: Born again

I came across the following excerpt: It must be noted that, according to Rabbinic diction, the proselyte, by leaving heathenism, became a child again, or was born anew, because by the rite of ...
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How does a Jewish community recognize a Jewish person they hadn't seen ever before?

Let's say there is a Jewish community where everybody knows each other, for example in a city. Let's say a new Jewish person arrives and manifests their will to get integrated with them. Nobody knows ...
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Why does a convert receive bris milah before the mikvah?

Why does the convert have his bris before the mikvah rather than afterwards as a Jew? Seemingly the bris done before is not a mitzvah so why not have him do bris milah after the mikvah?
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How does one reconcile the fact that Avraham Avinu proselytized to non-Jews and yet Judaism is not a proselytizing religion?

I've read that Avraham Avinu proselytized to anyone he encountered, encouraging them to acknowledge HaShem as the Master of the Universe and express gratitude to Him. Yet, it is generally understood ...
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Proselytizing the covenant?

https://youtube.com/shorts/RuNO7R0885c?si=Fwc-02_yqnv-LfDi in this, rabbi Asher Meza of “Torah Judaism international” seems to claim that proselytization is not only allowed, but even a good thing to ...
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I don’t know if I accept my mother's conversion [closed]

My parents were married before I was born and my father had my mother convert before they got married. The place of my mother's conversion was Conservative I would say and it took my mother 2 years to ...
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Lifnei iver and converts

Is it lifnei iver if you enable someone to violate a strict interpretation? this question asks a related question about Lifnei iver about machlokets. The answer seems to be you can’t have someone ...
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If a woman is converted as a child and never learns this, what are her children’s status?

A woman is converted as an infant, but was never told of her conversion. She lives her life, marries, has children and grandchildren, and eventually passes away, never knowing the truth. One of her ...
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Convert Fanaticism [closed]

Okay. I am not Jewish at all, but I follow the 7 Noahide laws.. my question comes why do some Jewish converts or people that are going through conversion, seem way way over the top and way too fanatic ...
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If one has reasons to think that their mom is Jewish but still lacks hard proof, should they celebrate Jewish holidays (e.g Yom Kippur) just in case? [closed]

Say one has reasons to suspect that their mother is Jewish and thus, they too would be Jewish but they lack hard proof, should they celebrate Jewish holidays just in case? Are they halachically ...
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Can deaf people convert?

I read an opinion piece on this topic on Ynet and have also found information about this halachic topic referenced as being in R. Shemuel Balmas's Mishpat Gerim Vol. 1, Ch. 3 Sec. 3, p. 168. From what ...
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Can a conversion be deemed invalid because of something a rabbi on the beit-din once said? [closed]

I've read a post where a person's conversion was deemed inappropriate because one of the Rabbis once said, when asked, 'would you officiate a mixed marriage?' The Rabbi, a distinguished knowledgeable ...
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What's the source of Gerut Lechumra and what is it

BH I heard there is a concept called Gerut Lechumra. What does this mean and what are the sources of this in Shulchan Aruch, Rambam and Gemara?
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Royal convert, still royal?

What is the situation with royal converts, i.e., converts who come from royal blood or are of royal relatives? Are they still royal? Do we have to stand for them as with any royal, do we not have to ...
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Did the Himyarite Kingdom (Jewish state from c. 380 CE till 530 CE) have the Talmud/Oral Torah? If they converted without it, are they valid converts?

The Himyarite Kingdom became a Jewish kingdom in what is today Yemen, from around 380 CE at the earliest and continued to be Jewish until around 500 CE with the 530 CE date being the very latest date ...
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Can i convert if I'm pregnant? [closed]

I was late 3 days and my biyfrend was concerned that his familly wouldnt accept the baby because i haven't started the conversion process, i dont even know how to start,Is it possible to have a speedy ...
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Conversion by presumption

This document, in the section running over page 11 onto page 12, refers to Rav Feinstein's chiddush that it is possible to 'convert' to Judaism by chazakah alone, and without a formal beit din. The ...
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R Yitzchak Yosef on kiddushin with ger toshav

Page 31 of this paper gives a Hebrew extract from Shulchan ha-Ma’arechet by R Yitzchak Yosef, in which the author argues that kiddushin is possible between a Jew and a ger toshav. Apparently it comes ...
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Why do I need thousands of dollars to convert to Judaism? [closed]

Shalom. I'm a goy & I've been studying Torah for 4 years. If a person wants to convert to Judaism, he has to move into a Jewish community. But in my country, I cannot afford doing that. Because ...
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Can someone call himself Jewish if he is in the process of converting?

Shalom! If one is in the final stages of conversion to Orthodox Judaism, is not a Noahide, does not belong to any religion, is it appropriate for him to say he is Jewish? He does not want to tell ...
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Ben Avraham after conversion with jewish father

Are converts with a Jewish father (let's say Shmuel) also called ben Avraham (instead of ben Shmuel)? Is this so, since your gentile descent is kind of wiped out through the act of conversion?
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Is a pre-convert considered a Noahide?

If a non-Jew [ex-Muslim] is working with the Beit Din for an Orthodox Conversion to Judaism, is he still considered to be a Noahide as he does not yet have a status of being Jewish?
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Can a Noahide persuade a non-Jew not to convert to Judaism? [closed]

Can a Noahide rebuke and strongly and repeatedly persuade a non-Jew [a complete stranger] who is in the process of converting to Judaism, not to covert and rather remain a Noahide and keep the seven ...
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Sefer on Conversion in Halacha

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 ...
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Wives of the Shevatim

Do any midrashim etc detail the names and background of each the wives of the sons of Jacob? I know the book of Jubilees does, but that is not considered 'canonical'. Besides that, I only know of the ...
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How would Gentiles come to faith and be accepted as believing Jews?

From the time of the exodus out of Egypt, a great mixed multitude went up with the Hebrew people, bringing their flocks and cattle with them, a mixture of nations of proselytes (see: Where did the ...
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