Rav David Brofsky
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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. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (3)
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. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (3)
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. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (3)
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. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (3)
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. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (3)
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. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (3)
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? Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (3)
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. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (3)
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. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (3)
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. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (3)
Rav David Brofsky Tevilat Ha-Ger In this shiur, we discuss the immersion of a convert. When does the immersion take place, and when is the blessing recited? Is chafifa performed before this immersion? What is the procedure for immersion of a minor? Is Shehechiyanu recited? Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (3)
Rav David Brofsky Tevilat Ha-Ger: The Role of Beit Din and the Immersion of Female Converts This week, we will discuss the role of beit din during the tevila, which will in turn assist us in examining the question of the necessity of the presence of men during the tevila of female converts. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (3)
Rav David Brofsky Tevilat Ha-Ger – The Conversion of a Pregnant Woman In this shiur, we discuss the case of a pregnant woman who converts and whether the child born is considered Jewish or a convert. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (3)
Rav David Brofsky Tevilat Ha-Ger – When a Couple Converts The mishna teaches that certain women must wait three months before remarrying. Does this rule of havchana apply to a woman who converts? Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (3)
Rav David Brofsky Horato She-Lo Be-Kedusha Ve-Leidato Be-Kedusha Marriage to a Kohen of a Child Who Was Conceived Before her Mother’s Conversion In this shiur, we continue to explore the case of a child who was conceived before her mother's conversion and born after the conversion. May she marry a Kohen? In order to answer this question, we will also relate to the halakhot regarding the marriage of a convert to a Kohen, the marriage of a daughter of a convert and a Jewish spouse to a Kohen, the marriage of a daughter of two converts to a Kohen, and the daughter of a non-Jew and a Jewish woman to a Kohen. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (3)
Rav David Brofsky Kabbalat Mitzvot (1) One of the components of the conversion process mentioned in the gemara is kabbalat mitzvot. In this shiur, we will examine different approaches to understanding this stage in the process. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (3)
Rav David Brofsky Kabbalat Mitzvot (2) This week we will discuss the Shulchan Arukh’s ruling regarding kabbalat mitzvot. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (3)
Rav David Brofsky Kabbalat Mitzvot (3) Contemporary Approaches to Kabbalat Mitzvot (1) This week we begin our discussion of contemporary approaches to kabbalat mitzvot. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (3)
Rav David Brofsky Kabbalat Mitzvot (4) Contemporary Approaches to Kabbalat Mitzvot (2) This week, we will present R. Chaim Ozer Grodzinski’s approach to kabbalat mitzvot. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (3)
Rav David Brofsky Kabbalat Mitzvot (5) Contemporary Approaches to Kabbalat Mitzvot (3) This week we study the approaches of R. Feinstein, R. Unterman, and R. Yisraeli to kabbalat mitzvot. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (3)
Rav David Brofsky Nullification of Conversion This shiur will evaluate whether and when it is possible to challenge the validity of a conversion. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (3)
Rav David Brofsky Giyur Ketanim – The Conversion of Children In this shiur, we will begin our study of giyur ketanim, the conversion of minors. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (3)
Rav David Brofsky Giyur Ketanim – The Conversion of Children (2) Which Children May be Converted by a Beit Din We further explore giyur ketanim and discuss which children may be converted by a beit din. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (3)
Rav David Brofsky Giyur Ketanim – The Conversion of Children (3) Mecha’ah (Repealing the Conversion of a Minor) This week, we discuss the Talmud’s assertion that a child may “protest” and repeal his conversion. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (3)
Rav David Brofsky Giyur Ketanim – The Conversion of Children (4) The Conversion of Children Raised by Non-Religious Families This week, we will discuss the conversion of children raise by non-observant parents. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (3)

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