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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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Adult circumcision vs Torah prohibition "Lo Yosif" - not to inflict a wound upon yourself (Deuteronomy 25:3)

I understand that uncircumcised adult men who wish to convert to Judaism must have a circumcision to become Jewish. My question is, how this is reconciled with the Torah prohibition of "Lo Yosif&...
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Probation for converts?

I heard that a convert to Judaism who wants to become a rabbi or a cantor or even a Jewish day school teacher has to wait five years after the conversion, presumably to make sure the conversion "...
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When did Ruth convert?

In the book of Ruth it never openly states that she converts and in fact she is referred to as Ruth the Moabite throughout the text. At what point, chronologically, did she in fact convert?
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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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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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Minhag for a couple of converts

When a man is a Jew by birth and has minhag avot, his wife must follow his minhag avot. When a man is converted or baal teshuvah, he must follow his wife's minhag. And if both the man and the woman ...
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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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Machloket On Conversion [closed]

I did a conversion with Rabbi Eliyahu Ben Haim (Mekor Haim Beit Din in Queens). Rabbi Eliyahu Ben Haim, Rabbi Binyamin Golan, and Rabbi Yitzchak Abramov were the witnesses. With that being said, ...
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If the Torah tells us 36 times to love the stranger where did the sephardic minhag of not marrying geirim come from?

To my understanding, the Syrian Jewish community of New York adheres to an "Edict" forbidding marriage to a convert. If the Torah tells us 36 times to love the convert where did this ...
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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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What is a ger toshav?

I read in the Book of Isaiah (Is. 56:1-8), about the foreigner joining Hashem. I asked my Rabbi briefly about this passage. He explained that the passage is probably neither about a gerut conversion ...
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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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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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Can a convert be a prophet?

I don't think there were any gerim amongst the nevi'im, but would it have been possible?
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Why does Nero convert to Judaism in folio 56a in tractate Gittin in the Babylon Talmud?

In the Gittin tractate, folio 56a (focusing on the destruction of Jerusalem), it briefly mentions Nero: "He [the Emperor] sent against them Nero the Caesar. As he was coming he shot an arrow ...
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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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Can a Jew lose their Jewish Status?

Can a Jew lose their status as being a Jew by performing any action (example: performing idolatry, disavowing core beliefs, converting to another religion, etc)? Or once a person is a Jew then they ...
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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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Can a convert serve as a dayan?

I believe that there are specific restrictions placed on a ger (convert) being a legal decisor on a beit din. What are these restrictions and do those, ipso facto, preclude that individual from ...
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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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Where did the Bnei Israel go to the Mikveh in the desert?

Our Sages in Yevamot 46b and Keritot 9a in the Bavli say that the requirements for a proper conversion are bringing a sacrifice, Mila, Kabalat Hatorah and immersing in a Mikvah. The Gemara in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How could Haman be a gilgul of Eisav?

The Arizal in Sefer HaGilgulim ch. 35 says that Haman was a gilgul (reincarnation) of Eisav. How is that possible being that Eisav had the din (status) of an Yisroel meshumad (apostate Jew Kidushin ...
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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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Ever Encouraging Conversion?

Are there any situations where it is halachickly advisable to encourage someone to convert rather than be Noahide?
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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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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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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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