SHEMA AND PRAYER IN THE VERNACULAR

Readings from A Concise Code of Jewish Law for Converts 24

OC 62: SHEMA AND PRAYER IN THE VERNACULAR

If necessary, any Jew, including one converted, may recite Shema, pray, or bless in their vernacular.

OC 111: BLESSING GOD AFTER SHEMA FOR TAKING OUR ANCESTORS OUT OF EGYPT

A convert recites all parts of the prayer service that relate to our ancestors’ Exodus from Egypt. Although a convert’s biological ancestors did not take part in the Exodus, a convert has become a part of the history of the Jewish people whom God has saved miraculously.

OC 113: BLESSING GOD AS GOD OF OUR FOREFATHERS

A convert blesses God as eloheinu ve’elohei avoteinu. Although some early authorities discourage this as inaccurate, Rambam rules that a convert should say all such wordings and that is the common custom. See entry OC 47.

OC 116: PRAYING FOR ONE’S GENTILE PARENTS’ HEALTH

A convert may pray for the recovery of their Gentile parents, one’s father and mother who brought them into this world. (Indeed, Jews may pray for the recovery of any Gentile. )

OC 135: A CONVERT CANNOT BE A KOHEN OR LEVI

A biological son of a kohen or Levi who converts is never classified as a kohen or Levi and does not receive their honors since he never inherits or receives his biological father’s status. Related to this is the rule that a convert does not inherit his father regardless of whether his father is Gentile or Jewish. See entry CM 283.

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