Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (2)
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שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #01: Introduction to the Laws of Conversion In the introductory shiur of this course, we will summarize the topics and questions that we will address in our future discussions. These include the relevance of the motivation for conversion, preparation for conversion, the conversion process, circumcision, immersion in a mikve, the role of beit din, the necessity and extent of kabbalat ha-mitzvot, and the conversion of minors.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #02: Is There a Mitzva to Accept Worthy Converts? The Tanach describes a number of individuals who converted, and rabbinic sources elaborate on this theme. In this shiur, we will analyze the question of whether there is a mitzva to convert an individual who wishes to join the Jewish People, based on examination of the sifrei ha-mitzvot and discussions regarding the berachot recited upon circumcision and conversion.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #03: Relating to the Convert (2) Biblical and Rabbinic Attitudes Towards Conversion This week, we will briefly discuss Judaism’s attitude towards conversion. While last week, we discussed whether accepting converts is considered to be a mitzva, in this shiur we explore the special mitzvot and prohibitions that guide our behavior towards converts, and then examine the rabbinic attitudes towards accepting converts.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #04: The Role of Motive in Conversion (1) This week, we will discuss whether the convert’s motivations impact upon the beit din’s decision to perform a conversion and whether these motivations may even undermine the validity of the conversion.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #05: The Role of Motive in Conversion (2) Conversion for the Sake of Marriage Beginning in the middle of the 19th century, halakhic authorities discussed and grappled with the question of conversion for the sake of marriage with great intensity and urgency. This week, we will discuss the question of conversions performed for the sake of marriage.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #06: The Conversion Candidate during the Process of Converting Beginning in the middle of the 19th century, halakhic authorities discussed and grappled with the question of conversion for the sake of marriage with great intensity and urgency. This week, we will discuss the question of conversions performed for the sake of marriage.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #07: The Beit Din Le-Giyur (1) The Talmud teaches that a conversion must be performed in from of a beit din of three dayanim. This week, we will discuss whether the dayanim of a beit din le-giyur must be semukhin – that is, if they must have received the unique rabbinic ordination passed from generation to generation from Moshe Rabbeinu.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #08: The Beit Din Le-Giyur (2) Which Parts of the Conversion Require a Beit Din? Last week, we began our discussion of the beit din le-giyur. This week, we will discuss which part of the conversion process (i.e. the mila, the tevila, and/or the kabbalat mitzvot) must be performed in the presence of three dayanim.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #09: The Beit Din Le-Giyur (3) The Role of the Beit Din Le-Giyur This week, we will attempt to understand the role and function of the beit din in the conversion process. We will address three aspects of the beit din's involvement in the conversion process: First, to what extent does a beit din le-giyur function like other batei din? Second, does the beit din actually effect the conversion, or does the non-Jew convert in the presence of a beit din? Finally, who does the beit din represent in the conversion process?
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #10: The Brit Mila of a Convert The next few shiurim will focus upon the role of brit mila in the process of conversion. We will discuss the function of milat ha-ger (the circumcision of a convert), the proper order of mila and tevila, whether there is any significance to mila without tevila, and whether the brit mila must be performed in the presence of a bet din. Furthermore, we will discuss whether and how a non-Jew who was previously circumcised, or one who cannot be circumcised due to physical or medical inability, may convert. Finally, we will relate to some of the practical aspects of this type of circumcision, including whether it may be performed under anesthesia.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #11: The Brit Mila of a Convert (2) Conversion Without Circumcision Last week, we discussed the role of the brit mila in the process of conversion. This week, we will discuss whether it is possible for a person to convert without a circumcision.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #12: The Brit Mila of a Convert (2) Common Questions Regarding Milat Ha-Ger Last week, we discussed the conversion of one who cannot be or who was already circumcised. This week, we will discuss two common modern day questions regarding the intention of a milat ha-ger - the status of a mila le-shem Yahadut and whether hatafat dam is necessary if a non-religious/uncircumcised person performed the brit.