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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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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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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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 his genitalia look more masculine decided to convert to Orthodox Judaism. Would such a person be required ...
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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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Where can I find a consolidated list of converts who are mentioned in the Bible, Mishnah and Talmud?

The only "obvious" convert mentioned in the Bible that I can think of is Ruth. I am looking for a list of converts mentioned in the Bible as well as those named in the Mishna and Gemarrah. Is there ...
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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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Ben Noah and his obligations regarding vows

A hypothetical case (based on a somewhat similar real one): Ben Noah in the process of giyur. Stood before the Beis Din and was asked question 'Will you follow the mitzvot as fully as a goy can up ...
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Hebrew text for Rambam's letter to Ovadia the Ger online and good Hebrew shiur on it

Does anyone know where I can find the Hebrew text for the Rambam's letter to Ovadia the Ger online, and a good Hebrew language shiur on it?
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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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What is the meaning of the word Ger?

A Ger can mean a stranger, foreigner and many other things but what is the origin? I have heard the Ibn Ezra say that it comes from the Hebrew word Gargir meaning a certain type of berry because it is ...
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Why Do Converts Change Their Names?

Rabbi Avigdor Miller said that it used to be that gerim (converts) and baalei teshuvah (repentants) who had been given non-Jewish names did not change their names when they became part of the Jewish ...
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Devarim Rabbah 2:24 - conversion without beit din?

In Devarim Rabbah 2:24, there is a story where the Rabbis pay condolences to a Roman senator who committed suicide to save the Jews. The Rabbis hint that it was a shame that the senator died ...
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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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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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How is giyur le’chumra different from a standard conversion in practice?

I am interested to know how giyur le’chumra is different from a standard conversion in practice? Does anyone have any personal experiences? My understanding of the meaning of giyur le’chumra (from ...
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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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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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Can an Alien convert to Judaism?

Suppose we one day find an extraterrestrial walking on our planet that originated from another planet. The alien quickly learns all about religion and now wants to become a Jew. Do we let him? ...
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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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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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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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Audio shiurim/podcasts for beginners or geirim?

I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a podcast (or shiurim by a particular speaker) that would be relatively easily available (i.e. on iTunes, YUTorah or something similar) that would be helpful for ...
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Is a female convert “bas Avraham” or “bas Sarah”?

...Or, I suppose, "bas Avraham v'Sarah?" What is the most authoritative name to use: 1) In tefilo? 2) On a document such as a conversion certificate or ketubah? If this varies by community, please ...
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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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Children of converts to another religion [duplicate]

What's the status of the offspring of a Jewish woman who converted to another religion (knowing the woman herself nonetheless remains Jewish)? Are they still Jewish?
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Questions about Conversion to Reform Judaism

I have seen some articles on here about conversion but it seems to me like most of it has to do with the Orthodox movement, whereas I am concerned more with Reform as it seems to hold the same values/...
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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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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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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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What are the “major” and “minor” commandments?

The Mishna says: Be quick in performing a minor commandment as a major one. [Avot 4:2] But we do not rank the commandments. The Mishna also says: Be as scrupulous in observing a minor ...
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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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What happens when a potential convert can't have a circumcision? [duplicate]

Suppose a man wants to convert to Judaism but cannot have a circumcision for bio-medical reasons (he has a foreskin, but has hemophilia or some other condition which would make the surgery fatal or ...
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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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