What’s in a Name?

The personal narrative of a Jewish man in an intermarriage who chose to raise his children Jewish, although neither had a naming ceremony as babies.

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A Mother’s Pride

Personal narrative from the mother of an adopted Asian girl talking about watching her daughter take part in temple services.

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Circumcision, Pros and Cons

A brief summary of the debate over Jewish ritual circumcision.

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Jewish Bris Ceremony Shows You’re Never Too Young for Tradition

Reprinted profile of Dr. Fred Kogen, “mohel to the stars,” and a real cut-up himself.

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Planning a Brit Milah: What To Do Besides Calling the Mohel

Reprinted professional advice on how to pick a mohel, how a bris works, when it occurs and what you’ll need for it.

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Whose Ceremony Is It Anyway?

A proud father describes his son’s multi-cultural baby naming.

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Who Has Godparents?

A prospective dad hits the internet to answer the question, do Jews have godparents?

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A Journey of Faith: Step by Step, Beginning with the Birth of Our First Child

A personal narrative from a Catholic woman who felt so at home in her Reconstructionist synagogue that she decided to convert.

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A Review of Adoption and the Jewish Family Contemporary Perspectives

Review of Shelley Kapnek Rosenberg’s book Adoption and the Jewish Family, which reviewer finds to be helpful, though extremely emotional and subjective.

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Cutting and Covenant: How I Decided Whether Or Not To Circumcise My Sons

When I birthed my first son, less than six months after graduating from rabbinical school, I felt extreme ambivalence about cutting his beautiful body. I knew that our ancestors had enacted this ritual for thousands of years, that it was a ritual sanctified in tradition and embedded in the hearts of Jews through the ages, and that Jewish men had even died because of their marked bodies.

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