It could also be important in a future season; ANYONE with even a HINT of jewish blood was targeted by Hitler. Mary, George, Edith, Marigold, Sybil and Sybbie all have Jewish blood (passed through Isidore to Cora and then to her children!) so would be targets!
Uh, yes it does. Halachic Law recognizes conversion.
As a Jew myself, I am just curious: what does a conversion for a four-year-old consist of? Surely it can't be anything like what an adult experiences.
I've wondered why children who've one Jewish parent and one Christian parent would automatically be born Christian. I remember Lord Sinderby telling Atticus if he marries Rose their children would be Anglican like her, whereas Atticus said they may choose to convert. Well, if we see more of Atticus and Rose later on, that might come up again. I imagine they might seek to choose to give any children they have names that would appeal to both families/religions - ex. a son might be named David (the name of a king of Israel, and the patron saint of Wales) or Joseph (a name used by figures in both the Old and New Testaments).
It appears Judaism is matrilineal.
Or at least the majority/conservative portion is matrilineal, which is why any children Rose has with Atticus will be born Christian, like Cora and Harold.
No offense intended. I apologize if anyone was.
The child is able to renounce the conversion at maturity of they choose. But a conversion is a conversion - I'm not sure why it "can't be anything like an adult experiences." Children adopted into Jewish families, or entire families converting to Judaism, are raising their children in a Jewish home and living a Jewish life.
Yeah, but since Harold didn't convert and his mother wasn't Jewish, he isn't Jewish at all, that's what I'm trying to say.
I like those name choices (I noticed also that David is the name by which the Prince of Wales/Edward VIII, who opened Rose's debutante ball by dancing with her, was known by those closest to him).
But we should also consider that being Jewish is not only about religion, but also the ethnical background. So in that sense, Harold and Cora would still be half-Jewish.
What do you think?