The New Jewish Baby Book: Names, Ceremonies and Customs: A Guide for Today's Families

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A complete guide to the customs and rituals for welcoming a new child to the world and into the Jewish community, and for commemorating the joyous event in family life-whatever your family constellation. Still the only book of its kind.

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New Ships From Canada. New. No dust jacket as issued. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 328 p. Audience: General/trade. Book Description A complete guide to the customs and ... rituals for welcoming a new child to the world and into the Jewish community, and for commemorating the joyous event in family life whatever your family constellation. The only book of its kind. Expanded, completely updated and revised. Includes: Ceremonies to copy for handouts. Special section for interfaith families helps make the celebrations inclusive and joyous for all. New ceremonies for girls, as well as for boys. Ingram This expanded, completely updated and revised edition of the highly acclaimed The Jewish Baby Book includes new ceremonies, a special selection of poems and prayers for use in baby ceremonies, and a section for interfaith families. A unique directory of names that reflect the diveristy of the Jewish experience is included. About the Author Anita Diamant is a prize-winning journalist and essayi. Read more Show Less

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Overview

A complete guide to the customs and rituals for welcoming a new child to the world and into the Jewish community, and for commemorating the joyous event in family life-whatever your family constellation. Still the only book of its kind.

  • Provides ceremonies you can copy for handouts so that guests are an e ven greater part of the experience.
  • Special section for interfaith families helps make the celebrations inclusive, comfortable and joyous for all.
  • New ceremonies for girls, as well as for boys.

"A book that all Jewish parents-no matter how religious-will find fascinating as well as useful. It is a perfect shower or new baby gift." - Pamela Abrams, Executive Editor, Parents Magazine

"Skillfully teaches how traditional Jewish ritual enhances life's most sacred moments and stimulates thinking about developing new practices that acknowledge the changing nature of the Jewish family." -Rabbi William H. Lebeau, Vice Chancellor, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America

This expanded, completely updated and revised edition of the highly acclaimed The Jewish Baby Book includes new ceremonies, a special selection of poems and prayers for use in baby ceremonies, and a section for interfaith families. A unique directory of names that reflect the diveristy of the Jewish experience is included.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
While most of the conversation preceding the birth of a baby these days is focused on such physical things as diets and breathing exercises, the almost universal reaction by, and concern of, parents themselves is a sense of wonderment and awe. In this sometimes very parochial book, the author addresses the human need to plan for the spiritual aspects of childbirth. Diamant offers precise guidelines for celebrating initial and fundamental rites of passage. She devotes much space to Jewish names, both biblical and cultural in origin, and explains the religious traditions and/or significance involved in each. Of even greater import to Diamant, however, is the ceremony of the circumcision. Contrary to a belief widely held in recent times, she stresses, circumcision has no basis in health practices. It is, rather, a sanctification of the ancient convenant God made with Abraham. As a reflection of our ceremonies for girls, adoption and interfaith families. Mar.
Library Journal
Diamant's pioneering The Jewish Baby Book Summit Bks., 1988. o.p. was a highly practical guide for liberal Jewish parents-to-be and new parents. It concerned choosing traditional and modern Jewish names; ceremonies and celebrations, including birth announcements and the Brit Milah convenant of circumcision; the issues of infertility and genetic testing; adoption; and recommendations for celebrating the baby's first year in a meaningfully Jewish way. Diamant has now revised and expanded that excellent book to include handouts to copy for ceremonies, a special section for interfaith families, and new ceremonies for girls. Still the only book in its field, this is highly recommended for all libraries serving Jewish patrons.-- Marcia Welsh, Guilford Free Lib., Ct.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781879045286
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/1/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Anita Diamant
Anita Diamant
While she first caught the eye of mainstream fiction audiences with The Red Tent -- an inspired reimagining of the female experience in biblical times -- novelist Anita Diamant has been chronicling the hot topics in contemporary Jewish culture for over two decades as an acclaimed columnist.

Biography

Anita Diamant is an award-winning journalist and the author of several bestselling novels (The Red Tent, Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown, Day After Night), a collection of essays (Pitching My Tent, and six nonfiction guides to contemporary Jewish life.

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Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Anita Diamont:

"Modern dance concerts inspire me like little else. I'm amazed at the creativity and the range of the human imagination in the human body. Along a similar vein, I tend to prefer contemporary art museums and galleries for the visual/mental kick-in-the-pants. I don't go in expecting to like everything I see; I'm just... looking!"

"I unwind by walking on the beach. Sky, sea, sand, rocks, birds -- the great noisy emptiness. Nothing like it."

"I'd rather be home, or close to home. Traveling around the US or abroad is fascinating, but I lack the bug or gene that inspired people to visit the four corners of the globe. I'm not uncurious, honest. Maybe I'll grow into it..."

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    1. Hometown:
      Boston, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 27, 1951
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      M.A. in English, SUNY, Binghamton, NY, 1975; B.A. in Comparative Literature, Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO, 1973.
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