Does converting ‘fix’ sins from the past?

March 19, 2017 at 10:16 PM
Questions and AnswersCategory: ConversionDoes converting ‘fix’ sins from the past?
Dan asked 2 years ago

Shalom Rabbi,
I got married 12 years ago in a church to a non Jewish women that thank G-od is now finishing her conversion. We have two children together that we had way before she started to convert. My question is: Do we need to to Teshuvah or Tikun for that or will the conversion fix this problem?
Thank you so much for all your help

1 Answers
Rabbi Alon Anava answered 2 years ago


First you must make sure the conversion is done the right way and that she will accept the yoke of Torah and Mitzvot completely and also your kids.

The actual conversion will not fix the sin rather you both need to do Teshuvah for it. To start the tikun (fixing) you must stop right away marital relations with your wife till she completes her conversion and after the conversion you have to get married according to the laws of Moshe and the Torah. By not being together till then, this will fix the sin of being together before.

Wishing you great success
All the best
Alon Anava