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Judaism and Non-Jews

Is a Conversion Offering Required?

Question: From my understanding, today’s conversions are considered incomplete. The basis is that conversion consists of circumcision, immersion in the Mikvah (ritual bath), and bringing a special Temple offering. The issue is the lack of this offering which I understand is required for conversion according to the Rambam. If this is true, what should converts do? I completed an orthodox Jewish conversion over 9 years ago. 

Answer: Thank you for your question. The actual requirements for conversion are circumcision, Mikvah, and acceptance of all the commandments. There is no requirement to bring a sacrifice upon conversion. A person may choose to bring a voluntary Korban Todah – thanksgiving offering – in gratitude for having the opportunity to become a Jew, but it is certainly not a required step in the conversion process.

Take care,
Rabbi Aaron Tendler

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