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Laws of Conversion and Circumcision

We will begin by studying the laws of brit mila, including the nature of the father’s obligation, who may be circumcised and who may perform the brit mila, the details of the procedure including modern innovations and challenges, and the special blessings said at the ceremony. We will then discuss topics relating to personal status change and conversion, including Chazal's attitude towards giyur and gerim, motivations for giyur, each of the components of giyur (mila, tevila, kabalat mitzvot), the role of beit din, and modern conversion challenges.