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!”
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