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Reproduction, Pregnancy

Announcing a Pregnancy - I just found out recently that I am expecting. As an only child, I am anxious to tell my parents of the upcoming good news. However, I know people often wait a few months first. Is there any such... More
Infertility - My wife and I have been married for 14 years. We are very happy except that we have not been blessed with children. We have gone through various fertility treatments. Unfortunately we recently failed for... More
Marital Relations – Mitzvah - What is the Jewish view of intimacy? Is sex just for procreative purposes, or is it all right to have relations with one's spouse for recreation and intimacy? More
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Brit Milah (Circumcision)

Circumcision Pain - Several weeks ago, I was present at synagogue for a Bris celebrated on Shabbat. Truth to tell, I'd never attended a Bris. The rabbi explained that the baby would start crying because "his diaper is... More
Circumcision Suction - I was at a Bris Milah ceremony and the mohel used his mouth to draw blood from the infant's wound. Is this oral contact sanctioned by Jewish tradition? More
Events for a Baby Boy - My wife and I are expecting our first child next month. Since we know it will be a boy, we are preparing to have a Bris. But we are wondering if there are other Jewish rituals we should know about. More
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Pidyon HaBen

Inferior Class of Jews? - My wife and I were married by a rabbi who also performed our son's Bris. Our son is now six years old – and I believe he meets all the criteria for Pidyon Ha’Ben. When I contacted our rabbi... More
Redeeming First Born - We have a new baby boy and I heard something about having to "buy him back from a kohen." What do I have to do – and how much is this going to cost? More

Names

Baby Girls - I just got back from the hospital where my wife gave birth to a gorgeous baby girl! My question is: If it had been a boy, I know we would given the name at his Bris. But in this case, is there a special... More
Last Names - When my grandparents came to America in the early 20th century, they changed their last name from Yosselovitch to Kerry. Now that I’ve become more interested in my roots, it bothers me to have this... More
Naming Baby After Relative Who Died Young - My uncle passed away from cancer at 59. A grandchild was just born in the family and the parents would very much like to name him after our dear uncle. He was a wonderful human being and we feel it is... More
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