My Kid Wants to Be Jewish. Now What?

12.20.2013


Well, what's wrong with the simple things, like: "I want to be a ballerina"? Kids come up with the most amazing and challenging questions sometimes, don't they?

I think they have been studying the different ways to celebrate the holidays during this time of the year in school. Well, my answer to her "I want to be Jewish" was: Well, then you'll have to marry a Jewish man when you grow up. Seriously, is there any other way? Not that I think she'll remember this in a week's time, but that got me curious...

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  1. I work for a Jewish family and we talk about this sometimes. She could convert, but it's a lengthy and very intense process. Marrying a Jewish man would not make her Jewish, she would have to convert to become Jewish.

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    1. Oh, I meant marry a Jewish man and convert. In my mind, one needed to become Jewish through someone else. I didn't know it was possible to just convert -having no kinship with any Jewish at all.

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  2. Well that's pretty cute. My nephew has decided that he'd like to grow up and be a cartoon... haha

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    1. lol Rachel, that was so funny! One of the cutest things I've heard! :)

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  3. I've researched conversion classes and while they're intense, they really help understand the history behind the belief. If she's still interested, I would totally try to attend a service, visit a local Jewish community center, or visit a synagogue. There's nothing wrong with curious kids!

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    1. I actually think curiosity is the key to learning new things! :) And I'm 100% interested in History of any kind, including religions -all of them (Shamanism to Muslim). So I totally support learning the history behind the religion. I will absolutely take her to visit a Synagogue, the same way I plan on taking her to see a Church from the inside. But I can't promise more than one visit. :) It's really just for curiosity's sake.

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    1. Being that we have no official religion in our family (and her dad is basically an atheist), I think it's awesome that she wants to explore her possibilities!

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