Community Rabbis Ask

Authentic Conversion

06.11.16

Question

I am planning to marry a convert to Judaism. She converted to Judaism in Israel under the auspices of the IDF. Is she really Jewish?  Will our children be kosher Jews? She is also not Torah observant (the Sabbath first and foremost) and I don’t know if she ever will. She came to live in Israel because her father is Jewish and she wanted to serve in the IDF, so she they gave her a speedy conversion.

Answer

If you believe that she will never observe Torah and mitzvoth, the validity of her conversion is extremely doubtful. A kosher Jew should not marry her, G-d forbid, until she undergoes conversion again and takes upon herself to observe Torah and mitzvoth.
 

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