Together

- We had a daughter.
- Mazel tov!
- I decided to name her a particular name found in the Tanach.
- That's a beautiful name.
- But my wife does not agree.
- You have to figure it out, together.
- According to the Halachah, who has the right to name the child?
- Regardless, you have to do this together.
- Isn't naming a child an important matter?
- A very important matter.
- Therefore, do I have to consider my wife's opinion?
- You need to consider her opinion and she needs to consider your opinion: a marriage is built upon mutual consideration.
- But how can we do so? We have different opinions regarding this matter.
- Even people with different opinions can figure something out together. This is the heart of marriage.
- But our Sages say that in certain realms a man decides and in certain realms a woman decides. I want to know who decides regarding a name for the child.
- Marriage is not a contract which delineates who is granted authority in particular matters. Even in areas where the opinion of one member of the couple carries greater weight, you must always figure it out together.
- Regarding our question, there is no middle ground. The decision will either follow my opinion or her opinion. What then is there to figure out together?
- You must even arrive at one of these decisions together.
- If I understand what you are saying, you are suggesting that my wife and I should discuss and figure it out together.
- Yes, together.