From the Rav’s Desk: When is a convert to celebrate his birthday?

Question: [Wednesday, 18th Teves, 5782]

I am a convert and was recently told by someone that I should not be celebrating my birthday and birthday customs on my actual birthday but rather on the day that I converted. Is this correct?



Indeed, the Rebbe was addressed this very question and concluded that the birthday of a convert should be commemorated on the day that he converted being that the sages state that a person who converts is like a newborn child. Accordingly, the day of your conversion is your actual birthday and that is when all of the birthday customs should be followed.

Sources: See Yevamos 22a; Igros Kodesh 30:18; Shulchan Menachem 3:354; Hayom Yom 30th Shevat; Hiskashrus 211;308  

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