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Ger Tzedek

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Ger Tzedek (Hebrew: גר צדק, ger tzedek -- "righteous proselyte" or "proselyte [of] righteousness"), is a term used in Judaism to refer to a gentile who convert to Judaism. It may be abbreviated as simply ger (Hebrew: גר, ger -- "stranger" or "proselyte").

According to Kellner (1991) on Maimonides, a ger toshav (or Noahide) could be a transitional stage on the way to becoming a ger tzedek. He conjectures that only a full ger tzedek would be found at the time of the Messiah.[1]

The conversion involves circumcision for men and a bath called Mikveh in the presence of three judges (Daian). For women only the Mikveh bath in the presence of three judges is required. Ger Tzedek are considered born-again children of Abraham and Sarah who have placed themselves under the Shechinah.[2]

See also

References

  1. Kellner, Menachem Marc (1991). Maimonides on Judaism and the Jewish people. p. 44. ISBN 9780791406915. 
  2. Unterman, Alan (1997). Dictionary of Jewish Lore & Legend. Thames and Hudson. ISBN 978-0500279847.