Re: Adoption

Shoshana (
Mon, 17 Mar 1997 12:30:05 -0800

<< I have only read the Forum as it has been mailed to me, and have found
it to be very informative and thought provoking. I do have a few questions
I'd like to ask. First: How is an adopted child viewed (halachadly
speaking) in terms of being a true Jew, if the birth religion is unknown?
If the adoptee is a female and has children (Jewish husband,) boys raised
Jewish, how are they viewed? >>

Hi - Ok - an adopted child where there is proof that the birth mother is
Jewish is definitely Jewish according to halachah. The child whose
birth mother is not known for sure to be Jewish must undergo conversion
(bris, mikveh) to be halachically Jewish.

After conversion, the adoptee is regarded as Jewish and of course the
proper restrictions - i.e. not marrying Kohen apply. However, the
children are then born Jewish (if the adoptee is female).