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Why do rabbis make it difficult to convert to Judaism?

This concept of discouraging the convert can be found in the book of Ruth, when Naomi discouraged her daughters-in-law, Orpoh and Ruth, from joining her...

Conversion out of love for a fiance.

Mrs. Shaffer: Welcome......how can I help you?:) Gabi: Hi, I am Jewish and in love with a Moslem. He is willing to convert to Judaism. Would he be able...

How do I deal with my secular and uninterested parent?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind? Sarah: well, my dad is Jewish and my mother isn't, not a big...

Do I have to remove my tattoos in order to become Jewish?

No, there is no obligation to have it removed (although many people do choose to remove it via laser treatment). The Biblical prohibition consists of...

I want to convert, but I'm apprehensive about approaching a rabbi...

Question: I spoke to a scholar on AskMoses yesterday. I am a Christian, who for years has felt a pull towards Judaism, without really knowing why. Now I...

Who is a Jew?

Regardless of what you believe or how you live your life, you’re Jewish if you fit either one of the following categories: 1) Your mother is...

Is there an obligation to circumcise the child of a Gentile mother and Jewish father?

A Jew is obligated to circumcise his Jewish child. However, Jewish law states1 that Judaism follows the mother and if the mother is non-Jewish then...

If a woman converts to Judaism, are her children considered fully Jewish?

"Jewishness" is transmitted to children only if they were born after their mother converted. Otherwise they must go through conversion on their...

Leon: why does it take many years to convert?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind?Leon: why does it take many years to convert?Rabbi Shlomo Chein:...

Is Judaism a race or religion?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind?Taryn: Are Jews of the Jewish faith really a unique race? For many...