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Marrying a Convert

I have been dating a Jewish convert and some of my family and friends are hassling me about this. They say it is written that marrying a Jew by birth is preferred to marrying a convert. I always understood that anyone is free to join! Have I been wrong in believing this?

The Aish Rabbi Replies:

I am not aware of any source to this effect. Our forefathers – Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – all married converts. Assuming that the conversion was in accordance with Jewish law, it is fine. (Though it's always good to check with a qualified rabbi in the event that any other halachic issues apply.)

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