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Firstborn After Conversion

Question: Reuven married a non-Jewish woman, and had a son with her. The woman later converted to Judaism together with her son, and then had another child. Which of them must be redeemed in the Pidyon Ha-Ben ceremony? Answer: Both children are exempt from the obligation to redeem the firstborn son. The first son is exempt because he was not born from the womb of a Jewish mother, and the second son is exemp ...

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Tvilah after a fast day

Question: My wife’s mikva night falls out on Tuesday night, following the fast [Shiva Asar B’Tamuz]. Fasting makes her extremely weak and tired. If she fasts she will be unable to go to the mikva that night. Is she obligated to fast? Answer: She is obligated to fast, even if this will make her unable to go to the mikva after the fast. In that case, she should go to the mikva the following night [Wednesday n ...

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Tevilah in St. Petersburg

Question: In our city St. Petersburg , Russia, in the summer tzeis ha-kochovim (Gra) is at 12:30 at night, because of the "white night." Can a woman rely on the opinion of Rabbeinu Tam and immerse in mikveh (on 7 day) before tzeis, and come home after? It is very difficult to immerse at 12:30 at night and come home; this can be at 2 at night on the leil tevilah. Thank You. Answer: Under extenuating circumst ...

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