TRANSCRIPT: Rebecca Reyes on Whether Her Husband Should Be Jailed for Taking Their Child to Church

REBECCA: Right. We're Jewish. We are Jewish. And we never-- we never had a tree in our home, we never celebrated those holidays but for celebrating with other people in, you know-- s-- in a celebratory way, having dinner as a family-- opening presents at his parents' house. But no, it was-- there was a-- there was a-- a-- a very clear message that we were sending to Ela, "This is a Jewish home."

CUOMO: And before you were married, you were Jewish then too, right?


CUOMO: You didn't celebrate Easter and Christmas?

REBECCA: No, I have an aunt, my mom's best friend, who I call aunt-- we have a very extensive, inclusive idea of family-- is Catholic. And so, we would have dinner with her on those holidays, because she would have dinner with us on Rosh Hashanah and Passover-- in celebratory way, but not a religious way. We never go to church, there was never any praying. At the s-- at the Seder, there's praying. But w-- never at-- at-- on Christmas or on Easter, this was just an excuse to have a meal. But we never went to church or talked about this being a-- a Christian experience, it's a family experience.

CUOMO: You're Jewish.

REBECCA: I'm Jewish.

CUOMO: You've always been Jewish.

REBECCA: I've always been Jewish.

CUOMO: If we ask your friends, "What's Rebecca?" They'll say, "She's Jewish."

REBECCA: Every single day.



Catholicism vs Judaism and the Temporary Restraining Order

CUOMO: Now you're in this custody-- situation, you're in your divorce situation. How did you learn that your child had been baptized?

REBECCA: I got an e-mail from Joseph with pictures.

CUOMO: Did he ask you about it before?


CUOMO: He says, "She wouldn't talk to me. That's why I didn't ask her." Fair?

REBECCA: Not fair. He has my phone number. He's-- he's the father of my child. He can call me any time. That doesn't mean that we're gonna agree on everything. But absolutely, he can call me any time.

CUOMO: What would you have said--

REBECCA: And he does.

CUOMO: What would you have said if he said, "I wanna baptize the child."

REBECCA: It woulda been very difficult for me to hear that. And I would have said, "Help me understand why. Help me understand what's going on with you, because that's not the (MIC NOISE) Joseph that I know. So help me understand what's going on."

CUOMO: Why do you think he did it?

REBECCA: (SIGH) On my most cynical moments, in my most cynical moments, why did he do it? Because he knew that it would really hurt me. (CRIES) It really did.

CUOMO: Why did it hurt you?

REBECCA: Because I'm Jewish. Because my daughter's Jewish. Because my husband was Jewish. Because I have an idea of the things that I want her to appreciate as a three-year-old. And this-- this is just really confusing. At best, it's really confusing. And it's gonna make her life a lot harder until she's ready to really understand what's going on. And I never want her to think that she has to choose between her mommy and her daddy. Ever. And this put her in a position, eventually, not today, but eventually, where she's gonna have to make that decision way before she-- she's capable of choosing a religion for herself. Also, in-- it-- it-- it made me worried about what other decisions he was making that were completely apart from things that we agreed about what life should look like for children.

CUOMO: What was your reaction when you got the e-mail and the pictures?

Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...