Conversion Situation

Question

I was raised being told I was Jewish, but when I grew up and wanted to marry a Jewish man, I learned that I wasn’t because my father is Jewish and my mother isn’t. In 2012, I had a conservative conversion. In 2015, after being married for 2 years already, I had an orthodox conversion. But I still wasn’t fully observing Shabbat or keeping kosher at the time. I just wasn’t ready then and needed more time. But now I am fully observant. Do I need another conversion in order to be considered a full Jew according to Jewish law since I wasn’t observing right away? I want to know before I have children. I have since moved far away from and lost touch with the rabbis who converted me.

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Answers

  1. Due to the extremely sensitive, complex and personal nature of your question, I suggest that you contact Rav Dovid Cohen, the Rabbi of Gvul Ya’avetz in Brooklyn, and one of the foremost halachic authorities in America today. Rav Cohen can be contacted every day (in theory) at: 718-376-7423 between 3pm-4pm (except Tuesdays) and 10pm-11pm (Eastern Time).

    I have personally heard of similar situations and the ruling can differ from case to case, and may often depend on a seemingly unimportant factor – so it is important to discuss the case with a Rav and hear his ruling. If you have trouble reaching him, please write back to us at ask@asktherabbi.org anytime.

    Best wishes from Jerusalem.

    Best wishes from the AskTheRabbi.org Team