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Divided SoulsConverts from Judaism in Germany, 1500-1750$
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Elisheva Carlebach

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300084108

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300084108.001.0001

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Conversion and Rupture of the Family

Conversion and Rupture of the Family

(p.138) Chapter 7 Conversion and Rupture of the Family
Divided Souls

Elisheva Carlebach

Yale University Press

This chapter looks at the effects that conversion had on the Jewish family, such as disruption and upheaval. While wives or husbands had the option to follow their spouses into Christianity, custody of children who had one parent in Judaism and another in Christianity was more complicated. Forced baptism of Jewish and the emergence of the fear of Jewish parents of their children being snatched by Christians are studied, as well as the importance of consent when baptizing Jewish children into the Christian faith. From here the chapter addresses the issue of a Jewish child's baptism with the consent of only one parent.

Keywords:   conversion, Jewish family, forced baptism, consent, baptism, custody, Judaism, Christianity

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