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Conversion

A Convert's Soul - I have read that someone who becomes a Jew through conversion has a Jewish soul already – and the conversion is just correcting a mistaken birth. Can you give me some insight on this? More
Adoption - We are looking to adopt a Jewish child, preferably a baby (as yet unborn). Can you help us find one in Israel, possibly an out-of-wedlock situation. It would be a real mitzvah for all concerned. We have excellent... More
Chosen People Racist? - What’s behind the whole concept of the Jews as the Chosen People? Isn’t this idea racist? More
Convert's Mother-in-Law - My husband is a convert and I'm studying for conversion, too. When I told my parents I was converting my mother's response was joyful – she feels that the one thing she regrets in her life was that she did not... More
Have Her Convert? - I’ve been dating a young woman for the past two years and we are starting to think about marriage. The problem is that she is not Jewish. I would want her to convert, but in a way where there would be no doubt... More
Intermarriage Correspondence from a Non-Jew - First off, thank you so much for this wonderful service that you provide. I find comfort in just knowing that someone out there is willing to listen... I have been blessed with finding a wonderful friend and companion... More
Jewish Proselytizing? - Please forgive my ignorance, but can you tell me why it appears that the Jewish people do not actively encourage the rest of society to convert to Judaism and thus spread the knowledge of God and wisdom of the Torah to... More
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... More
Opting Out of Judaism? - I have been told that somewhere in the Talmud it states that once you are Jewish you are always Jewish no matter what. I understand that God needed a special group of people to be His messengers, but why not have... More
Ruth and Shavuot - I attended synagogue services on the holiday of Shavuot morning, and we spent a half-hour reading the Book of Ruth. Is there any special connection between Ruth and Shavuot? More
Ruth's Conversion as Moabite? - I have a question about the Book of Ruth. As a Moabite, why was Ruth allowed to convert to Judaism, given the biblical injunction against accepting converts from the Moabite nation? More
Ruth's Conversion for Marriage? - I have a question regarding the Book of Ruth. When Ruth's husband died, she had not yet converted. However, she still spoke about marrying Ploni Almoni. Why? Ruth wasn't even Jewish at the time! Another question has... More
Second Class Converts? - I am 28 years old, born in Italy to a Catholic family with Jewish origins on my father's side. I decided to become Jewish, and after a long process, I converted in Israel three years ago. To this day, those who know me... More
Who is a Jew? - I have always been under the assumption that being Jewish meant being of the Jewish faith, and/or being of the Jewish race. Please let me know if this is correct. More

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