Updated: 12/17/2019
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  • Hey Rabbi, I want to convert to Judaism. But is it ok if I still work on my farm on Shabbat?
  • I cannot accept you to convert, if you want to convert, you must keep all the laws. You cannot pick and choose what to do.
  • First topic
  • I am accepting all the mitzvot to be Jewish now, but my Yetzer Hara might turn me away. Can I still convert?
  • If you are agreeing to everything now, but have some concerns, I am still able to accept you.
  • Rabbi, what if I don't give up doing the 'big 3' averot? Am I still considered jewish?
  • If you do it, according to Rav Moshe Feinstein, you will still be considered jewish. But you would have given into the temptations, and have sinned. But that is it.
  • Rabbi, I am not exactly sure if I am fully sure I want to convert, and be jewish.
  • Rav Moshe Feinstein teaches us that if someone is not 100% sure about doing this, then they cannot convert. And if this is how you feel, I will not convert you.
  • I am not fully sure I understand the prosses of how to convert. Can you explain it to me?
  • The Sulchn Aruch teaches us that their are 2 ways that you can convert. the prefered way is through a beit din. The acceptable way is not having a beit din. The exception here is that accepting the burden of mitzvot must be done in front of the beit din. The irgot Moshe adds in that if you fail to accept the mitzvot= not a good conversion. But if the beit din does not warn you about the mitzvot and punishments= good conversion.
  • So Rabbi, I say that I am sincere about keeping the mitzvot, but what if I don't mean it. Is it considered a good conversion/
  • So we learn from Rav kook, that as long as you say you mean it, the beit din will believe you, and your conversion is good. But according to Rav Moshe Feinstein, if you did not mean it, the conversion was meaningless.
  • Second topic
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