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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Are all conversions to Orthodox Judaism (Haredi, Hasidic and Modern) recognized in Israel?

I am ready to convert to Judaism, but I am curious about how conversions performed under Orthodox auspices are perceived in Israel. For example, I understand that the current Israeli government is run ...
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Why does Chabad not “do” conversions?

Lubavitch institutions do not conduct conversions. I read somewhere that it is because of some agreement between the Lubavitcher Rebbe and Rabbi Moshe Feinstein. Why does Chabad not "do" conversions?...
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What if someone thinks he is a Jew but his ancestor had not orthodox conversion/was gentile? [duplicate]

So I thought. These days, most Orthodox Jews would not consider people converted in a Conservative or Reform branch of Judaism jewish, right? But how do you know, as an Orthodox Jew, that you are 100 %...
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Was Calev a convert? [duplicate]

I seem to recall reading or hearing somewhere that Calev was a convert to Judaism, originally being a Chiti, and that's why his descendants are called "Celavi." (For example, Shmuel I 25:3.) Was ...
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How do we convert our special needs adopted son orthodox without us becoming observant? [closed]

Our ten year old adopted son has Autism and Developmental Delays. We would very much like him to have an orthodox conversion so that he can have his Bar Mitzvah (and any further involvement and ...
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Is there a biblical source for pushing away a potential convert?

From what I understand, partially based on Yevamot 47b and Rambam Hilchot Issuray Biah end of chapter 13 and beginning of chapter 14, when a potential convert first expresses an interest in converting ...
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What song did Avraham ben Avraham sing before he was killed?

Avraham ben Avraham or Count Valentine Potocki, converted to Judaism and was burned at the stake for doing so by the Roman Catholic Church. Before he was killed he sang a song that was later used in ...
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Currently in a marriage with a non-observant Jewish woman and I want to convert to Orthodox

I am currently married to a Jewish woman who is non-observant. I wish to convert to normative Orthodox Judaism and be observant. My wife is agreeable to study with me and keep a jewish home. My wife ...
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Is a convert allowed to keep the name of an Avodah Zarah?

If a convert to Judaism has the name of an Avodah Zarah, is he or she obligated to change it? For example, there are many Hindus today that have the names of Hindu gods such as Lakhshmi, Shiva, and ...
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Explaining the parameters of the mitzvah of “Be fruitful and Multiply”

While learning מנחת חינוך last week, I discovered a ruling that if a Gentile had children and he converted afterwards and the children also converted, he does not need to have additional children to ...
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Is it true that for one to become a Jew he has to be either born Jew or his mother is a Jew? [duplicate]

I saw a video on youtube of a Jewish guy saying that no one can can be a Jew unless he is born Jew or his mother is a Jew.
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What is the best way to start the conversion (Orthodox) process? [duplicate]

Should I call a synagogue and make an appointment with the Rabbi and explain that I am interested in converting? Should I call multiple synagogues? Are there classes for people who are interested in ...
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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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Circumcision for conversion of someone whose male genitalia have been removed

Let's say a non-Jewish male has had his genitalia removed through some accident or medical procedure (e.g. for the purpose of gender transition). If that person later decides to convert. How is bris ...
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Is one required to discouarge a potential convert from attending synagogue services?

There seem to be opposing ideas on how we should deal with converts and Gentiles. My understanding - Gentiles are allowed to be present at synagogue services. Potential converts are supposed to be ...
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Non halachic converts at shabbos table

We recently had a married couple as seder guests and found out that they are in the process of a reconstructionist (non halachic ) conversion. They seemed interested in coming to a future shabbat meal....
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Parent/child relationship : how does adoption compare to geirus?

Take a father and daughter who both underwent geirus. Now take a Jewish man who adopted a baby girl of unknown (Jewish) parents. In both situations, the father raises the child since birth. Are the ...
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How can someone prove they converted without the original conversion document?

A parent and child converted many years ago but did not receive any documentation at the time. Since then the Rabbi they were in touch with had died. How could they obtain the appropriate ...
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Why are Converts required to use “Ben Avraham” instead of “Ben Ysrael”?

If converts become part of Israel and the Jewish people, then why are we required to go by "_______ Ben Avraham"? Wasn't Esau a "Ben Avraham"? Wasn't Ishmael? Does "_____Ben Avraham" mean we are less ...
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Selling Chometz to a gentile who has a Jewish heir

Does Halacha recognize a concept of Kerovim (close relative) when it comes to a legal fiction of selling Chometz? I believe a convert would inherit halachically from their father. Does this ...
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convert non religious children [duplicate]

If a woman who converted orthodox is living a modern lifestyle (keeps Shabbos and kosher but is very lax about it and doesn't keep every halacha) but her child is not religious at all, is the child ...
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Hebrew name of a convert with a Jewish father? [closed]

I technically was not born Jewish as my mother didn't convert until I was about ten. At that time I also underwent a ritual conversion. However, I've always assumed my Hebrew name should end in Ben ...
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Can a female convert hold a position of communal authority over women?

"A convert may not hold a position of Jewish communal authority." (Mishneh Torah, Hilchos Melachim 1:4) In light of the Rambam above and the answers here, which discuss the prohibition on ...
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Father & son have a brit on the same day. Who should go first?

Scenario: Intermarried couple. Mother & son are Jewish. The father is about to convert. The brit is planned for the same day. Who goes first? Assumption - Baby goes first as his brit should be ...
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Shelo asani goy- converts

When we say shelo asani goy in brachos, we're thanking Hashem for not making us a goy. But what about geirim...are they supposed to say this bracha? Also, what about someone who did a geirus lechumra?...
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Are converts to Judaism considered inferior in any way to Jews who are ethnically Jewish?

I use the word "inferior" for want of a better word as it has negative connotations, try to disregard those connotations when reading the question. I'm wondering if someone converts to Judaism, are ...
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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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Conversion and Identifying as a Jew

Recently I have been made aware of many people who are in the conversion process who already call themselves Jews. By "in the process" I mean that they're beginning to learn Hebrew, doing Torah study ...
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When would a convert affix the Mezuzah in the diaspora?

The Halacha is (as stated in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch סימן יא - הלכות מזוזה) that when renting a house in the diaspora one is exempt from Mezuza for the first 30 days. For the first 30 days a rental ...
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If someone is in a conversion process are they required to break shabbat?

If someone is in the middle of an orthodox conversion do they HAVE to break shabbat?
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Are gentile circumcisions a sign from God?

A ger tzedek friend of mine told me that he had been circumcised long before his conversion. Another question on bris milah through MY mentioned 55% of non-Jews are circumcised at birth. He mentioned ...
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Is a Ger Tzedek who is biologically a son of Nathin permitted to marry a 'regular' Jew?

Lets assume there is a Jew who has a tradition that he is one of נתין. He has a biological son with a Gentile. If the son converted, is he allowed to marry a 'regular' Jew and does he still have the ...
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Different Chanukah Blessing for Converts?

In 139:12, Kitzur writes that when a convert lights Chanukah candles, he should say "She-asah nissim l'Yisrael" instead of "She-asah nissim lavoteinu". What is his basis for this ruling? Isn't a ...
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Can someone convert to “Messianic Judaism”?

Is "Messianic Judaism" considered to be a legitimate sect of Judaism? Could someone (gentile) convert to "Messianic Judaism"?
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Why Jews feel no need to evangelize/convince others of their beliefs?

I've read in the interview with Monica Cellio that “Jews feel no need to evangelize.” I am curious why is that. There is no need to share the truth with the others? Even the loved ones? Are there ...
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How to start loving someone after they become Jewish

A certain acquaintance of mine had bad middos and I didn't like her. Then she converted to Judaism. Nothing has changed: she still has bad middos; I still don't like her. But everything has changed. ...
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Does Reform Judaism recognize children of Jewish father as Jews?

Does Reform Judaism recognize children of Jewish father as Jews (under conditions that father is Jewish both from mothers and fathers side). If so, that person does not have to go through conversion ...
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Can a non-Jewish slave convert and exit slavery this way?

Once entered into slavery, they have a semi-conversion whereupon they must keep a certain set of limited rules. Can they choose to fully convert and then be freed at the appropriate time of Shmita and ...
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Do convert slaves and Jewish slaves get released at the same time?

If a slave had converted prior to being acquired, do they also get released on Shmita and the Jubilee year?
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What are the relevant sources behind what is required for a halachic conversion?

There is some variety of opinion on what is required for a conversion to be halachically valid (example of such dispute) - rather than take an opinion based on who I feel should be counted as a valid ...
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Why is the word “commanded”' in the bracha for bris and tevilah for conversion?

The bracha on bris mila for conversion uses the phrase, "commanded us to". But we are not commanded to convert anyone who asks. So why does the bracha use that phrase? The bracha for bris appears ...
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Ivanka Trump Conversion to Judaism [closed]

An Israel supreme rabbinical court rejected a conversion by a prominent American rabbi who sponsored Ivanka Trump’s conversion to Judaism, reaffirming a widely criticized ruling by a lower court. Why ...
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A piyut refers to the converts: Keni, Na'aman, Ovadiah, Rachav, Na'amah and Ruth. How come?

There is an old Minhag Ashkenaz to sing a piyut by R' Avigdor Kra called Echad Yachid Umeyuchad in honour of a chasan being called to the Torah. The piyut is an acrostic which spells out אביגדור קרא. ...
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Do you get to keep your old nefesh and ruach when you convert?

According to our tradition, converts acquire a "new soul" in, or upon emergence from, the conversion mikvah. (Not sure of the original source for this--it may be the Zohar--but there are countless ...
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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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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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Circumsision without mikvah

To my knowledge, when a male converts to Judaism, he must not only undergo Bris Milah but also must go to the mikvah. At what point during the process is he considered a full Jew? For instance, if he ...
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Does using the mikvah for conversion make you tahor for marriage? [duplicate]

Does one become tahor for all purposes by using a mikvah for a single purpose? For example, if a giyores converts in the mikvah, is she then tahor for marriage? I ask because the converts I know have ...
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Inviting non-jew in process of conversion for Yom tov? [duplicate]

Is there a heter for inviting a non-jew in the process of conversion for Yom Tov? How will they know what a yontiff meal really is, or how to do one, and therefore be able to commit to making their ...
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Believing loshon hara from before conversion

There is a negative commandment forbidding believing negative things about Jews (whether it is permissible to believe about non Jews is a point of contention, and for the purposes of this question let'...

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