Essays

Who is a Convert? The Orthodox Rejection of Non-Orthodox Conversions 

In this 20 page scholarly essay we explore in depth the normative requirements of Halakhic conversion from an Orthodox perspective. We also explore lenient halakhic rulings and emergency halakhic rulings by bonafide Orthodox Poskim on matters of conversion law.   After having established these foundations we explore a snapshot of each of the Jewish denominations history, theology and conversion norms and elucidate why the Orthodox reject Non-Orthodox conversions in each denomination. This essay is of educational value for rabbis, prospective converts and laypeople alike.
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Pregnancy and Conversion

This is a brief yet scholarly exploration of the Halakhic issues in regards to conversion and pregnancy. This essay is of educational value for rabbis, prospective converts and laypeople alike.
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May a Convert Marry a Kohen

In this scholarly essay we explore the Biblical, Talmudic and Halakhic foundations for the prohibition of a female convert marrying a Kohen.We also touch on Aggadic, Kabbalistic and Hassidic interpretations of this prohibition. Authentic halakhic solutions to this dilema are presented and a critique of the Conservative movements permissive approach is elucidated. This essay is of educational value for rabbis, prospective converts and laypeople alike.
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