If it’s a girl, the court will celebrate

Lawyer Bennett Epstein requested a (possible) day off for his granchild’s bris, noting that if grandchild is a girl no such time will be needed, as Judaism does not call for any celebration of a girl’s birth. Judge Kimba Wood’s response:

Mr. Epstein will be permitted to attend the bris, in the joyous event that a son is born. But the Court would like to balance the scales. If a daughter is born, there will be a public celebration in Court, with readings from poetry celebrating girls and women.

Epstein thought the response was wonderful. And…

…on the topic of having to ask a noted female judge for time off to celebrate the birth of a boy, but not a girl, Epstein minced no words:

“Look, the Jewish religion is sexist. It just is. But I didn’t make the rules!”

For more, go here. (Thanks, anon!)

One thought on “If it’s a girl, the court will celebrate

  1. What a wonderful story! I suppose that he could try to change the rules of the Jewish religion. I’m not up-to-date on the varieties of Judaism (although I’m Jewish), but if they could create Reform Judaism, they can create non-sexist Judaism or at least attempt to.

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