Anna and her daughter

I Was the Loca Lady at My Baby’s Naming

I never thought I would be the crazy lady in synagogue. But here we are

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Congratulations! It’s a …

The conversation went something like this: Amy: So we’re just going to be surprised when I give birth, right? Like when the doctor says, “Congratulations! It’s a ___!!” Matt: Have you lost your mind? No, we’re not going to be surprised. Isn’t being pregnant at 40 surprise enough for you? Amy: (laughing) Well, I didn’t know […]

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Baby Namings and the Flexibility of Tradition

When I was pregnant with our first daughter, my husband and I were living in the mountains of North Carolina. We spent the first several months of my pregnancy worrying that we’d need to bring in a mohel from who-knows-where, if we happened to have a baby boy. Would we have to ask someone to drive […]

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Patrilineal Descent: Should the Baby be Taken to the Mikveh for Conversion?

Do you know which of the following children would be considered Jewish without going through a conversion according to halacha (traditional Jewish law)? a)      A child born from the sperm of a Jewish male and the egg of a Jewish female, who was carried by a surrogate who was not Jewish and then raised by […]

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“Belonging” as a Parent with a Jewish Son

This past weekend, our 5-month-old son was formally welcomed into our synagogue community when our family was honored with an aliyah (being called to the honor of Torah). Our rabbi offered blessings, everyone sang “Siman tov u’mazel tov” and we talked about how Sammy got his name. He is named in honor of both of […]

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Is Their Baby Really Jewish?

A Q&A reprinted from The Forward’s Seesaw Column

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Chelsea Clinton’s Pregnant and We Have Baby Naming Resources For Her

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for…Chelsea Clinton is pregnant! When Chelsea and Marc Mezvinsky tied the knot in 2010, we reported on their widely talked about co-officiated wedding. InterfaithFamily’s CEO Ed Case summarized the Jewish media response to their nuptials, which was not quite as congratulatory as ours and ultimately hoped that their wedding […]

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Halacha Unplugged, Part 1 – The Bris: Which Parent Makes a Child Jewish?

Is it the spirit of the law or the letter of the law that counts the most? “Your kids aren’t Jewish because your wife is not Jewish,” my friend said to me over coffee recently. I laughed so hard that my coffee spilled. “What’s so funny?” she asked. “I know that you totally did not […]

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Whose Ceremony Is It Anyway?

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

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How Should Chelsea Clinton and Her (Jewish) Hubby Raise Little Charlotte?

A Q&A about how Chelsea Clinton and her husband should raise their daughter, Charlotte. Reprinted from the Forward’s Seesaw column.

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