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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Is there a negative connotation around converting to Judaism?

Is there any text in the Torah or Mishnah that sees a convert as some kind of "imitation" Jew or someone who isn't as good as a real-deal matrilineal Jew?
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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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Ramifications of a Baby Switch [duplicate]

At the hospital 2 newborns get swapped, one Jewish for one not. 20 yrs later someone realizes what happened & informs both kids of the mistake, does their status change? Does the ‘non Jewish’ boy ...
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Converting Conservative Online

There seems to be plenty of websites that offer online conversion to Conservative Judaism. Are these real? Has anyone done this? Is it a scam?
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Essential requirements of Jewish conversion

What are the essential requirements of conversion to Judaism, such that if one of these requirements is not fulfilled the conversion is invalid?
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Go out to receive the Torah then come back to convert Egypt

I just heard from my uncle a novel idea about the Exodus. Apparently, the original intention was for the Jews to go out of Egypt to receive the Torah, and then come back to convert the Egyptians. I'...
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Is it true that proselytes immersed in their birthday suits in ancient times?

I was told that Jewish proselytes immersed in their birthday suits in ancient times. Is this true? If so, could you please provide sources stating this fact?
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Giur receives Smicha Paricipation in Bet Din

I have recently been told that it is possible for a man who does GIUR to eventually receive SMICHA. My question is the following; If he can receive SMICHA , why is not possible for himever to be a ...
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Why is the mitzvah to love the convert the one that is most often repeated in the Torah?

While I have no exact count, I read somewhere (don't recall if it was Ramba"m or similar source) that loving the convert is the one mitzvah that is repeated most often in the Torah. If this is true, ...
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Conversion and Hebrew Names

If a person is converting and considering their Hebrew name for being called to Torah, does the name have to be ancient Hebrew, or would a slightly different ethnic version of the same name be ...
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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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Have recently-published allegations that Shlomo Carlebach was a sexual predator led to any bans of his music or conversions? [closed]

Even before his death, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach was, at best, controversial. Many people loved his music and some congregations organized "Carlebach minyans" that emphasized spirituality through music. ...
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If a woman converted via Orthodox but had no intention and kept no mitzvoth- are her children jewish

A non-Jewish women converted via an Orthodox conversion in order to marry a Jew. At the time of conversion she claimed to accept the mitzvot but did not intend and never kept proper halachot including ...
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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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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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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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How are Ethiopian Jews Jewish if their genes are so different?

How is it possible that the Ethiopians who claim to be Jews are actually Jewish if their genetic makeup seems to be so different than the rest of the Jewish people?
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Does Judaism believe in letting people know about judasim? [duplicate]

Let us say that proselytizing is against Judaism, what about just letting people know that there is a religion called Judaism and tell them a little bit about it just to put it out there for them, to ...
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Did the Rambam say it's OK for a Jew to convert to Islam? [closed]

I read that the Rambam considered a Jew who converts to Islam NOT to be an Apikorus(אפיקורוס)\heretic or an ovdei avodah zarah, as opposed to a convert to Christianity who he considered to be heretic ...

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