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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A Blessing for New Moms

Gomel: A Jewish Blessing for New Moms Having kids is sometimes hard. Giving birth to a baby is REALLY hard. Judaism has a ritual to mark getting through the experience. This next video from G-dcast teaches us how to say the Gomel, a Jewish blessing that is recited upon emerging safely from danger. This blessing […]

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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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Interfaith Families for Whom I Have Performed a Brit Milah

A personal narrative from a Reform-trained mohel explaining how he performs brits and sharing some unusual stories.

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I Have to Admit, I’m Glad We Had Girls

Personal narrative from an intermarried Presbyterian man who introduced his extended family to Judaism through his girls’ baby-naming ceremonies.

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Daughter of the Covenant

A personal narrative from a Jewish woman married to a non-Jewish Irish man about the journey to their daughter’s unique baby-naming ceremony–replete with bagpipes.

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Samantha Caitlyn Kennedy’s Jewish Baby Naming

A personal narrative from a woman who was told she couldn?t hold a standard?bris at her Conservative synagogue because her non-Jewish husband isn?t allowed on the bimah when the ark is open.

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Welcoming A Son Into An Interfaith Family: What Is A Mohel And How Do You Find One?

Professional advice from a rabbi explaining the tradition of brit milah, what a mohel does and how he/she is trained, also?gives suggestions on how to locate one and what questions to ask a mohel.

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Why the Brit and Brit Bat Are So Popular Today

Professional view  by rabbi describing why people are choosing Jewish baby ceremonies–some because of the importance of continuing age-old traditions, and others because the Torah requires it.

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Intermarriage Spurs Renewal of Faith

The personal narrative of a woman who married an Irish Catholic man but found a reform synagogue that welcomed them and allowed her to raise her daughter as Jewish.

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