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New Jewish Baby Album: Creating and Celebrating the Beginning of a Spiritual Life-A Jewish Lights Companion

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A unique way to create and preserve the spiritual memories of pregnancy, birth, and the first years of a new life. There are enough baby memory books available today to fill a nursery, but finding one that acknowledges birth as a spiritual celebration is like trying to find a binky in the bottom of the diaper bag. More than just a memory book, The New Jewish Baby Album shows you how—and why it's important—to create a Jewish home and a Jewish life. It includes a section to describe the naming ceremony, space to ...

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Overview

A unique way to create and preserve the spiritual memories of pregnancy, birth, and the first years of a new life. There are enough baby memory books available today to fill a nursery, but finding one that acknowledges birth as a spiritual celebration is like trying to find a binky in the bottom of the diaper bag. More than just a memory book, The New Jewish Baby Album shows you how—and why it's important—to create a Jewish home and a Jewish life. It includes a section to describe the naming ceremony, space to write encouragements, and pages for writing original blessings and creating original prayers, as well as meaningful quotes throughout. Other highlights include a section for the parents to express personal prayers for the baby; pages for each of the major Jewish holidays; a family tree; room for photos; space to commemorate baby's first Shabbat at home; and much more. This is the perfect baby book for any Jewish family, a spiritual keepsake that will be treasured for generations.

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With its buttercup yellow padded cover and pages, this album is a perfect gift for that new arrival of the Jewish faith. Along with the requisite spaces for family tree, birth statistics, and first photo, the album has pages for all the Jewish ceremonial and holiday celebrations. It's inclusive, having space for a Brit Bat—Covenant for a Daughter along with a Brit Milah—Covenant of Circumcision for a son. And all the Jewish holidays are allotted their pages, too. Mom and Dad each get their space to share their hopes and dreams for the coming child, and there's plenty of room for notes about growth, medical records, trips, special times and all the usual necessities of a baby album. The charming pictures have been collected from other Jewish Lights publications, as have many of the quotations, so if you have enjoyed the very popular offerings of this ecumenical, spiritually aware house, you will love this one, too. "May you live to see your world fulfilled/ May your destiny be for worlds still to come/ And may you trust in generations past and yet to be." A warm and comforting way to launch that newborn into a life that will surely be filled with other records, but none so special as this first one. 2003, Jewish Lights, Ages Adult.
— Judy Chernak
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580231381
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 820,479
  • Product dimensions: 8.18 (w) x 10.56 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, a parent, spiritual leader, and storyteller, is the awardwinning author of God's Paintbrush, In God's Name, God In Between and many other inspiring books for children of all faiths and backgrounds. The second woman to be ordained as a rabbi (1974) and the first rabbi to become a mother, she and her husband, Dennis, were the first rabbinical couple to jointly lead a congregation—Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis. They have two children, David and Debora, and three grandchildren. Sasso, who holds a doctorate in ministry, is active in the interfaith community, and has written and lectured on the renewal of spirituality and the discovery of the religious imagination in children of all faiths.
Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Nurturing the Spiritual Imagination of Children
  • Tell Me a Story: Reading the Bible and the Religious Imagination of Children
  • Filling in the Blanks: How Women Read the Bible
  • Women and Judaism: A Personal Journey
  • Midrash as a Tool for Spiritual Reflection

Click here to contact the author.

Anita Diamant is author of The Red Tent; The New Jewish Wedding; Bible Baby Names: Spiritual Choices from Judeo-Christian Sources; and The New Jewish Baby Book(Jewish Lights), among other books. She is a founder of Mayyim Hayyim, Living Waters Community Mikveh and the Paula J. Brody Family Education Center in Newton, Massachusetts.

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