Tag: Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein

Can There Be Conversion Without Circumcision? – What Does It Take to Become a Jew?

What Does It Take to Become a Jew? – The Conversion Controversy in Modern Jewish Law – Lesson 8 Can There Be Conversion Without Circumcision? + PDF In previous lessons, we have largely dealt with the mindset of the potential convert and with the range of possibilities in determining what constitutes accept the obligations necessary […]

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Saving Jewish Seed – What Does It Take to Become a Jew?

What Does It Take to Become a Jew? – The Conversion Controversy in Modern Jewish Law – Lesson 7 Saving Jewish Seed + PDF Judaism has always had to contend with intermarriage between Jews and non-Jews. The Talmud has already confronted many of these issues. Still, modern considerations (for instance: the large Aliyah from Eastern Europe […]

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The Role of the Beit Din – What Does It Take to Become a Jew?

What Does It Take to Become a Jew? – The Conversion Controversy in Modern Jewish Law – Lesson 6 The Role of the Beit Din PDF  In the second lesson, we talked about conversion for ulterior motives. Regarding this question (Yevamot 24a), the Tosaphot (some of the medieval French-German commentators) made a very interesting remark regarding […]

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Conversion of a Minor – What Does It Take to Become a Jew?

What Does It Take to Become a Jew? – The Conversion Controversy in Modern Jewish Law – Lesson 5 Conversion of a Minor PDF The conversion of children presents an interesting Jewish legal problem. How can a minor be inducted into the covenant when one of the requisites for conversion is acceptance of the commandments […]

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Acceptance of the Commandments as an Obligation for Conversion – What Does It Take to Become a Jew?

What Does It Take to Become a Jew? – The Conversion Controversy in Modern Jewish Law – Lesson 4 Acceptance of the Commandments as an Obligation for Conversion PDF In the first lesson, we noted the three requisite conditions for conversion. This week we will deal with the necessity for the convert to “accept” upon […]

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Conversion for Ulterior Motives – Part 2 – What Does It Take to Become a Jew?

What Does It Take to Become a Jew? – The Conversion Controversy in Modern Jewish Law – Lesson 3 Conversion for Ulterior Motives – Part 2 PDF  We left off in our last lesson with the teshuva of Rambam in which he took a lenient stand with regard to case of a man suspected of […]

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Conversion for Ulterior Motives – What Does It Take to Become a Jew?

What Does It Take to Become a Jew? – The Conversion Controversy in Modern Jewish Law – Lesson 2 Conversion for Ulterior Motives PDF By the very nature of things, the process of conversion begins with the decision of a non-Jewish person to convert. This process begins as a personal one, a matter of the […]

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Essential Ingredients for a Successful Conversion – What Does It Take to Become a Jew?

What Does It Take to Become a Jew? – The Conversion Controversy in Modern Jewish Law – Lesson 1 “The essential ingredients for a successful conversion” What are the basic legal requirements of a Halachic Jewish conversion? Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva PDF In this first lesson, I want to lay out the basic […]

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Introduction to What Does It Take to Become a Jew? – The Conversion Controversy in Modern Jewish Law

What Does It Take to Become a Jew? – The Conversion Controversy in Modern Jewish Law Introduction The Conservative Yeshiva, Jerusalem Video Introduction Who is a Jew? Is this question social in nature or cultural; religious or national? Is the answer to this question objective, namely, is there a set of criterion which must be met […]

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The Struggle Over Who Would Enter The Sea – Introduction To Rabbinic Midrash

Lesson 9 – The Struggle Over Who Would Enter the Sea Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva, Jerusalem This lesson will take up the events which happened at the sea when the children of Israel were faced on one side by the army of Pharaoh and the sea of the other. What were the people […]

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