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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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How far did the mixed multitude went along [duplicate]

I would like to ask a short question about Shemot 12:38, at the time of the Exodus there was a mixed multitude which went up with the Israelities. How far did this mixed multitude went along? Did ...
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Identifying a person as a convert

I remember reading long ago that, according to Jewish law, you may not identify as a convert a person whom you know is a convert. Is this correct and what is the reference? For whether it is ...
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If a convert is already a descendant of Abraham, does he become Ben Avraham Avinu?

A convert is considered to be the child of Abraham when called up to the Torah - ben Avraham Avinu. Does this still apply if the convert was born as a non-Jewish paternal descendant of Abraham? For ...
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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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Giyur l'chumrah + tribal/family affiliation

Does a giyur l'chumrah keep his/her family ties and tribal affiliation? I.e. does a Kohen's son who undergoes a giyur l'chumrah continue to be a kohen and that man's son, or does he shift to Yisrael ...
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Person going through giyur le'chumrah obligated to sell chametz?

I know someone who needs a Giyur le'chumrah and was asked by his rabbi to SELL (NOT to buy) his chametz before Pessach. I thought that selling chametz is only for yehudim. Could someone explain this?...
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Source for discouraging converts

When I was looking through the sources for conversion from Sepharadi posek's I noticed a distinct lack of any mention of discouraging converts. As I kept searching I found Sephardic Rabbis saying what ...
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Must we show the children of coverts extra love?

The Torah commands us to love converts: ואהבתם את הגר (Ekev 10:19) Are the children of converts considered "converts" in this context, or are they considered normal Jews?
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What is the status of those who need to undergo geyur lechumra?

What is the status of one who needs to undergo a giyur lechumra, but have yet to undergo the actual process? Can they be counted in a minyan? Are they considered Jewish? Can they serve as eydim? FoR: ...
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My Adult Conversion

I’m seriously interested in converting from Baptist to Judaism. I am aware of the local synagogues in my area, but I’m unsure on which to approach and any protocols. For example; should I go during ...
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If I want to be a Jew, can I take any name from the Tanakh?

If I want to be a Jew, can I ask the rabbi to give me any name of my choice from the Tanakh?
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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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Conversion -- any negative implications if grandfather was a kohen?

Someone coming from a Jewish family but not halakhically Jewish (e.g., with a Jewish maternal grandfather but not grandmother) is converting through an an Orthodox conversion. That person then ...
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Do any traditional sources discuss if Zenobia was Jewish?

Zenobia was the ruler of the Palmyrene Empire (c. 270 CE). It is conjectured by some scholars that she was Jewish (likely by conversion). The only explicit reference to her in the Talmud of which I am ...
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Can one convert for love?

If one met a very nice Jewish girl and would like to marry her but was told she can't marry a non-Jew, and decided that one wants to convert to stay with her, would that be acceptable? And whole ...
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When converting to Judaism, can three rabbis dissuading a convert one time each count?

When converting to Judaism, can three rabbis dissuading a convert one time each count? Or does it have to be one rabbi, dissuading a convert three times? What if it's one rabbi that dissuaded a ...
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Is there a gentile Mamzer?

Gentiles were commanded on 6 types of Arayos (forbidden relationships) Rambam Melachim 9,5. What is the legal status of a child from those relations between two gentiles. If he converts convert would ...
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Field owned by nobody?

I feel like I should have seen this discussed somewhere, but I have no memory of it. If someone dies with no sons and his daughters inherit his fields, one of the daughters marries a convert, and ...
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Can one attend a wedding ceremony where one partner had a non-Orthodox conversion? [duplicate]

I am unfamiliar with the nuances of what occurs in a non-Orthodox conversion. However, I have heard from a few Orthodox rabbis and friends that a non-Orthodox conversion is "invalid" and the convert ...
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Can a Gentile Convert to Judaism AFTER the Coming of the Moshiach?

As a non-Jew, I have been wondering whether or not it would be better for me to convert to Judaism or to keep the seven mitzvot. This decision is a difficult one for me. On the one hand, I can remain ...
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Can one do Mikvah/Immersion after conversion to complete conversion?

If one underwent a public conversion ceremony, and hold a certificate with Rabbi and 3 Beit Din's signature. Before and after conversion, that person was not told and require Mikvah, there is no ...
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Conversion without Mikavah

Is a Mikavah process required per Halahah for the conversion process? With no Mikvah process, can the conversion certificate be issued? Is that certificate valid? Can that person observe Shabbat as ...
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Conversion by a Rabbi who is not in the list of Israeli Supreme Court

If one underwent Judaism conversion and hold a conversion certificate with 3 Beit Din signature, the conversion is performed by an Orthodox Rabbi , but the Rabbi is not in the list of Israeli Supreme ...
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Origin for making giyur?

A friend of mine asked me from when a Non-Jew was allowed to make giyur (conversion); and on which Biblical verses it was based upon. I guess he wanted to know more about it's origin. So that's why I'...
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What are the restrictions or unqualifications placed on a גר but not on a born jew? [closed]

What are the restrictions or unqualifications placed on a ger but not on a born jew?
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Where is there a discussion where the phrase "to become circumcised" means "to convert to Judaism" or "to become a Jew"? [closed]

Where is there a discussion where the phrase "to be circumcised" means "to convert to Judaism" or "to become a Jew"?
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Why is "ahavas haGer" commanded at least 36 times?

We know that even in respect of gerim tzadikkim, many born Jews were distracted by concerns like "yichus"/race/background/minhagim and value those aspects of personality more than the middot and Torah ...
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When is a convert's Hebrew birthday?

Is it their conversion date, the Hebrew date on which they were biologically born, or something else? (For questions of halachic age as well as mystical significance)
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How long have Jewish Converts been adding "V'Sarah" to their Hebrew names? Is this Proper? Expected?

At Shul I notice that some converts have names such as "Yoseph Ben Avraham V'Sarah" and some have just "Yoseph Ben Avraham". Are both correct? Is this something new (ish)?
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If one converts to Orthodox Judaism, will he or she be required to marry and have children?

I have recently spoken with a local rabbi, who happened to be sent from Chabad-Lubavitch, and he told me that one of the requirements of my life post-conversion would be to marry and have children. If ...
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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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