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The Shulchan Aruch Y.D. 268 (based on the Gemarah Yevamot 47a) says to initially discourage someone who comes to convert: כשבא להתגייר אומרים לו מה ראית שבאת להתגייר אי אתה יודע שישראל בזמן הזה דחופים סחופים ומטורפים ויסורים באים עליהם The Shach and Taz explain why we do this based on a Gemarah that seems to say that, generally speaking, we don't want ...


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While many believe Ruth converted when she said in 1:16, that “your G-d is my G-d,” Gersonides, also known as Ralbag interpreted chapter 1 to be saying that Orpah and Ruth converted to Judaism prior to marrying Mahlon and Chilion, and the proof is that her conversion is not mentioned for Boaz. Naomi even later tested them to see if they have converted. Thus, ...


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