My brother told me when his daughter was born that a godparent was not needed. Is that true?


The concept of godparents is Christian in origin. Early in the history of the Church, specific individuals would be appointed to act as “sponsors” to vouch for a child's spiritual purity. The sponsor would be responsible for the spiritual development and religious education of the child—thus the term, “godparent.”

There is no such concept in Judaism. A child's parents are directly responsible for his or her spiritual education. The education of their child is their privilege and obligation. Just like a parent is responsible for the child's physical well-being—shelter, food, clothing—so is the parent responsible for the child's spiritual education.

Bronya Shaffer
For The Judaism