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A Hungarian of Jewish Descent Who Wishes To Return To His Roots

14 Adar 5775 (5 March 2015)

A Hungarian of Jewish Descent Who Wishes To Return To His Roots

On the way towards my gyur, I studied several subjects with Rav Ahron Daum including the system of brochos, shabbos and the rules of kashruth. I was very much satisfied with his detailed approach and also with his highly professional attitude. I always felt his wisdom matches the very accurate knowledge of the halacha and mitzvot.

I am myself a university professor which means I can assess his skills as a teacher as well, and he is very commendable in this regard.

He assisted in a huge number of gyur proceedings, so he knows which domains of the Halacha must be learnt. He is one of the internationally recognized experts in this field. He personally knows the Dayanim in the most important Batei Din who conduct conversions, and also knows their requirements, which can be essential. In line with this, he also created excellent study materials to provide candidates with all the tools they need to convert. Moreover, even though he is strictly observant from a halachic point of view, as a modern orthodox rabbi who lives in the real world, he is not heartless and is really supportive, which is a great advantage for anyone who is in a sensitive situation like a gyur candidate..

Last but not least, I feel he knows that joy in observing mitzvot is an essential part of our religion. As Deuteronomy (28:45-47) says "all these curses will come upon you and pursue you and overtake you ... because you did not serve HaShem, your G-d, amid joy and goodness of heart...." This is in line with the commentary on Pirkei Avot, 4:2, which highlights that the reward (i.e. pleasure) – of a mitzvah is itself a mitzvah. One aim of mitzvot is to make the Jewish people holy and build their moral character: an empty, joyless routine can lead to a different character (i.e. the loss of “goodness”).

In sum, I would gladly suggest him to anyone who plans to convert to Judaism. He is a professional and pleasant teacher.

Yours sincerely,

TDZ from Budapest, Hungary

Rav Daummal a giur eljárásom során tanultam a halacha legfontosabb részeit, ideértve a szombat, a brochók, illetve a kasrut szabályait. Nagyon elégedett voltam a tanítási mechanizmusával. Magyarországról nézve különösen inspiráló volt az a fajta mély tudás, amivel rendelkezik. Emellett mindig éreztem, hogy a halacha alapos ismerete bölcsességgel is párosul nála.

Mivel egyetemi oktató vagyok magam is, nagyon értékeltem a tanítási technikáját. Igen sok giur eljárásnál segédkezett mér korábban is. Ennek megfelelően ismeri a szabályokat, amik lényegesek lehetnek, illetve önállóan kidolgozott anyaggal rendelkezik betérésekkel kapcsolatos tanulásra. Nem véletlenül az egyik legelismertebb nemzetközi tekintély ezen a területen, és személyesen ismeri a fontosabb beit dinek vezetőit és azok elvárásait.

A fentiek mellett alapvetően jószívű s támogató embernek ismertem meg, ami egy érzékeny helyzetben lévő ember esetében lényeges lehet.

Üdvözlettel,

TDZ, Budapest, Magyarország

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