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When is a convert's Hebrew birthday?

Dinonline answers, Although a Ger is considered to be “born anew” when becoming Jewish, this is a halachic concept that relates to family relationship and the like, and it is not a “biological ...
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How can a Jew Exit / Leave their Religion?

I believe you have misunderstood the text. The interviewee is saying that in Islamic law it is forbidden to change from any one religion to any other religion other than Islam. So according to Islamic ...
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How Do Modern Orthodox Women Typically Dress?

There is a wide variety out there. I'd recommend Googling some synagogues that you might visit post-pandemic, and often there are photos there of its members. That should give you some sense. If you ...
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Tribe of Converts

No, at present male Gerim and their male children do not have an inheritance in the land of Israel. Inheritance of property comes through the male line, meaning father to son. Male converts do not ...
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Circumcision for conversion of someone whose male genitalia have been removed

The Shulchan Arukh (YD 268:1) rules (like the Tur, quoting a Gaon; see too Tosfot Yevamot 46b) that a male whose genitals have been removed ("Nikhrat haGid") doesn't need Milah or Hatafat Dam Berit, ...
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Can descendants of Amalek become Jewish?

We can see how the commandment to eradicate Amalek does not contradict the possibility of converting to Judaism, from Rambam's description of the eradication process (Hilchot Melachim 6:1-4, Touger ...
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Does a transgender male convert require a Hatafas Dam Bris?

Here is an excerpt from Encyclopedia Halachit Refuit from Dr. Avraham Steinberg. Translation (my own): A women who underwent surgery to appear like a man, even if they formed for her a male limb, ...
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Halachically, must a Jewish convert sever ties with his non-Jewish family?

Unless there were extenuating circumstances at play, I think someone has gone too far here. Maimonides Laws of the Rebel, 5:11: הגר אסור לקלל אביו הגוי, ולהכותו ולבזהו--כדי שלא יאמרו, באו מקדושה ...
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Can someone convert to "Messianic Judaism"?

So-called "Messianic Judaism", meaning something that claims Jesus is the aforementioned messiah, is not accepted by mainstream Judaism. It is presumably possible to "convert" to ...
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If I want to be a Jew, can I take any name from the Tanakh?

There is no law (halacha) requiring a convert to choose a certain name. So it would appear as well from a responsum of one of our great authorities, R. Asher b. Jehiel (§15:4). Examples of converts ...
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How can geirus (conversion to Judaism) be done without the prospective convert knowing at least the basics of ALL the mitzvos?

Viewing geirut as spelling out every detail of the b'rit seems impractical. Even many Jews from birth don't know the basics of all the commandments, and while it's reasonable to have a higher bar for ...
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Shelo asani goy- converts

The question of whether or not converts recite the blessing goes back many centuries. Say it Some hold that he does recite the blessing. (Cf. Ba'er Heitev (OH 46)). Don't Say it Abudirham (Birkhot ...
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Why are Converts required to use "Ben Avraham" instead of "Ben Ysrael"?

Abraham was the first convert. He was not born into anything but the idol worshipping traditions of his day. He recognized G-D and served Him. He also brought others to that recognition. He was the ...
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Currently in a marriage with a non-observant Jewish woman and I want to convert to Orthodox

Greetings and welcome to J.SE. Many born-Jewish couples have worked out agreements whereby one spouse's level of observance is higher than another's. Some of the biggest questions involve matters ...
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"She may marry any Jewish man"

They meant "other than a Kohen, she can marry any Jewish man that a born-Jewess can marry"; her status as a convert poses no additional issues. (In fact, she can marry more men than a born-Jewess, as ...
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what percentage of Reform Jews are halachically Jewish?

Non-halachic Reform Jews are those whose mother was not Jewish, yet they consider themselves Jewish because of either a heterodox conversion or patrilineal descent. We can mostly figure out the ...
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Does a child born to a mother that converted when she was pregnant need Pidyon HaBen?

Yes, the child would need to redeem himself when he grows up. (Mishna Bechorot 8:1, ShA YD 305:20)
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Why cannot a convert make certain statements? I feel they are being pushed away at the same time respect is being given to them

You're absolutely right to compare this statement to saying "our fathers" in tefillah. The mishnah in Bikkurim 1:4 makes the same comparison and rules that a convert can't say either one. We don't ...
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What is the source for pushing away the convert three times?

It's in the Midrash [Ruth Rabbah 2:16]: Rabbi Shmuel bar Nahmani said in the name of Rav Yehudah ben Hanina: Three times is it written [in the Book of Ruth] "turn back", corresponding to the three ...
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When is it acceptable for a non-Jew working towards Orthodox conversion to grow peyot?

It depends. If you mean that until now you have been completely shaving them like a crew cut, then letting them grow a bit should be fine, no one would really notice a major change. (Click here for a ...
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What is the function of a beis din in regards to a non-Jew becoming a Jew

It is a Biblical injunction that there must be 3 people involved at some point in conversion as in a monetary court decision - see the top of Kiddushin 62b, for example: גר צריך שלשה מאי טעמא משפט ...
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Ahavat haGer – Geirei Tzedek or Toshvim?

The Rambam is explicit that the mitzvah of Loving the Ger applies to a convert who has "entered under the wings of the Divine presence" ie. A Ger Tzedek who has converted to Judaism, and is ...
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Converting Conservative Online

Such a conversion would not be accepted in the Conservative movement. A site offering an online-only Conservative conversion is at best extremely misguided, and possibly a scam. For starters, ...
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Can a woman divorce her husband and then convert to Judaism?

It sounds like whoever's asking this question is going through a great deal of upheaval of a both personal and religious nature, and would greatly benefit from speaking with a competent rabbi in-...
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Non-Jewish family in an Orthodox Jewish Wedding

I was involved with someone who had the following situation (I don't know the sources involved in the decision, just the guidance that was given. HaRav Tzvi Berkowitz was the Rav being consulted): ...
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How is giyur le’chumra different from a standard conversion in practice?

I went through what I think was an orthodox giur l'chumrah from 2008-2010. I say "what I think was" because the rabbi who referred me to the Beit Din told me that it was a giur l'chumrah. I don't ...
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Shelo asani goy- converts

It's a makhlokhet. According to Halachipedia, The Avudraham (cited by the Beit Yosef 46:4) says no because the b'racha is about how God created him. But the Shaarei Knesset HaGedola (cited by the ...
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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 think there is a subtle difference. To proselyte is to ask/convince someone to convert to a religion. In the case of Avraham there was no Jewish religion, it was just an acknowledgment of G-d's ...
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A piyut refers to the converts: Keni, Na'aman, Ovadiah, Rachav, Na'amah and Ruth. How come?

1) Keni was one of Yisro's names. (See Rashi who brings the Mechilta about his many names and Rashi further mentions there that he converted; Shmos 18:1) He is famous for exclaiming that now he knows ...
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Why Jews feel no need to evangelize/convince others of their beliefs?

The only convincing we believe in is setting a good enough example of being upright human being so that people look and declare that God and His Torah is righteous. The Jewish perspective is that ...
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