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If Aharon was a convert and his unique heir (safek heir), and Baruch is married to his mother, Aharon is a safek Convert who died without heirs, safek if he has a heir. If someone makes a tefisa on the estate of Aharon, he argues, there is no Yorshim, give a proof you are a heir, and Samuel says I am a heir. If heir is not Mechusar Guvayna, Samuel is ...


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Even if that's a dupe I'll answer it here: It is not clear at all that Avraham was converting into Judaism, indeed he might only turn them into Ger Toshav - abandoning idolatry and accepting the 7 Noahide Mitzvos. So they were never real Jews. Even if we say that he was truly converting them into full-fledged Jews, Before Matan Torah there was no "Jewish ...


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As well as halachic answers, there is this point to consider: It is a very important command, to honour ones parents, in most circumstances. To deny a person's fact of being a parent, at a pinnacle of parenthood (when ones child is themselves becoming married) would seem to be a height of disrespecting them as a parent. Similarly one should also not place ...


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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): The father of the groom was Jewish, but his mother was not, and the groom had converted. However, it was not publicly known that he had converted. The parents of ...


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Ma'aser Sheini 5:14 says clearly that converts do not get a portion in the land. מִכָּאן אָמְרוּ, יִשְׂרָאֵל וּמַמְזֵרִים מִתְוַדִּים, אֲבָל לֹא גֵרִים וְלֹא עֲבָדִים מְשֻׁחְרָרִים, שֶׁאֵין לָהֶם חֵלֶק בָּאָרֶץ. From here they said, Jews and Mamzers admit, but not converts, nor freed slaves, for they do not have a portion in the land. (Admission in ...


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Rav Herschel Schachter (quoted in the OU's Jewish Action magazine) seems to indicate that yes, a Rabbi/Dayan's rulings can be annulled: Jewish Action: Can one still follow the piskei halachah of a fallen rabbi? Rabbi Schachter: No. The pasuk in Navi (Malachi 2:7), as expounded by the gemara (Moed Katan 17a), says that a Torah teacher must be ...


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This theory is proposed by Rabbi Dovid Fohrman in his book, The Exodus You Almost Passed Over. Rabbi Fohrman spends fully the first third of the book developing just questions on the story. In addressing these questions, he proposes that ultimately, Hashem's goal was not just to free the Jews, but to convince not just any nation, but the one most stooped in ...


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Kesuvos 4:3 says that the halachos of a Motzi Shem Ra vary depending on when the child of a convert was conceived and born: הַגִּיּוֹרֶת שֶׁנִּתְגַּיְּרָה בִתָּהּ עִמָּהּ, וְזִנְּתָה, הֲרֵי זוֹ בְּחֶנֶק. אֵין לָהּ לֹא פֶתַח בֵּית הָאָב, וְלֹא מֵאָה סָלַע. הָיְתָה הוֹרָתָהּ שֶׁלֹּא בִקְדֻשָּׁה וְלֵדָתָהּ בִּקְדֻשָּׁה, הֲרֵי זוֹ בִסְקִילָה. אֵין לָהּ לֹא ...


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Quick Note: I am a Jew of Orthodox affiliation. I will try to steer clear of stating my own thoughts, ideas, etc. I will, however, tell you where Orthodox and Reform Judaism diverge on various issues. I advise you to look through all of your options before undertaking such a large lifestyle change. Conversion to Judaism is more than just changing your ...


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This is a broad group of questions. Please permit me a focused answer. By the time you read to the end, I hope you will understand why I think there's no need to address each part individually. You seem like a serious, sincere and intelligent person. That, and the questions you ask, suggest to me that you are a terrible candidate for a Reform conversion. ...


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Mishna Kretot 2.1: רַבִּי אֱלִיעֶזֶר בֶּן יַעֲקֹב אוֹמֵר, גֵּר, מְחֻסַּר כַּפָּרָה עַד שֶׁיִּזָּרֵק עָלָיו הַדָּם Rabbi Eliezer ben Yaakov says: A convert [has the status of] a Mechusar Kapparah until the blood has been sprinkled [on the altar] for him Bartenura: ותנא קמא סבר, גר כיון שמל וטבל מותר לאכול בקדשים, ואין קרבן מעכבו אלא מלבוא בקהל, ...


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Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, Laws of Forbidden Relationships 13:4-5 וכן לדורות, כשירצה הגוי להיכנס לברית, ולהסתופף תחת כנפי השכינה, ויקבל עליו עול תורה--צריך מילה, וטבילה, והרצאת קרבן; ואם נקבה היא, טבילה וקרבן: שנאמר "ככם כגר" (במדבר טו,טו)--מה אתם במילה וטבילה והרצאת קרבן, אף הגר לדורות במילה וטבילה והרצאת קרבן.‏ ומה הוא קרבן הגר--עולת בהמה, ...


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