February 24, 2015 6:39 pm at 6:39 pm #614961nolongersingleMember
I just read an article of such a case in France. I’ve also heard of other cases elsewhere. If it were to chas v’shalom happen to Jewish couple, what would be the halachic requirements of swapping the children back to the biological parents if a) both sets of parents agreed to do so or if b) one set of parents wanted to swap but the other wanted to keep the child they raised. Does it matter how long after the switch the error was recognized?
Is the halacha any different than regarding adopted children? What would the implications be if one couple was Jewish and the other not?
What are the obligations of kibud av v’eim of the child to his birth parents and to the parents that raised him? What would be the sociological implications?February 24, 2015 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm #1061404WolfishMusingsParticipant
Why would the child’s halachic obligations to both sets of parents be any different than in a standard case of adoption where the birth parents are known?
The WolfFebruary 26, 2015 9:37 pm at 9:37 pm #1061405loudandproudMember
I don’t know. In the unlikely event that this ever happens I hope you have whom to ask…..February 27, 2015 2:46 am at 2:46 am #1061406JosephParticipant
Halacha doesn’t have a special status for adoptive parents. And the birth parents don’t lose their status as the child’s halachic parents with all the implications (i.e. kibud av v’eim, blood marriages, etc.) that means.February 27, 2015 2:58 am at 2:58 am #1061407🍫Syag LchochmaParticipant
I’ve read two novels recently involving this and my thoughts were:
(in the case of a girl switched at birth) oish, all the accidental violations of yichud and negiah over the years . . .
(in the case of the boy raised by his uncle and aunt unknowingly):
how was he called to the Torah?February 27, 2015 3:12 am at 3:12 am #1061408147Participant
And the birth parents don’t lose their status as the child’s halachic parents Critically important message for all divorcing parents and their long retinue of cronies to internalize & implement all the way.
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