When my husband read an early draft of this essay, he asked, "Why doesn't her partner have to support our daughter? After all, they agreed to raise children as Jews." What does it mean to raise a Jewish child?Go To Parenting
I am confused about the simchat bat, or baby naming ceremony for girls. When did it begin? Do Reform, Conservative and/or Orthodox Jews place the same importance on the ceremony as is given to a bris, or ritual circumcision? How is patrilineal descent affected by the male child or female child not having this rite of passage? Who or what determines what actions allow a child to be called Jewish through patrilineal descent?
Thanks for your help in answering these questions,