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

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

by Anita Diamant, Rabbi Norman J. Cohen, Rabbi Amy Eilberg
     
 

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

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781879045286
Publisher:
Jewish Lights Publishing
Publication date:
02/01/1994
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.01(h) x 1.04(d)

What People are saying about this

Joy Levitt
Weaves together history, traditions, laws and practices, rituals and prayers to form a beautiful tapestry....a wonderful resource.

Meet the Author

Best known for her 1997 biblically themed novel, The Red Tent — the story of Dinah, daughter of Jacob in the Book of Genesis, and his four wives — Anita Diamant has written four other novels, a collection of essays, Pitching My Tent, and several nonfiction books about contemporary Jewish life. She is also a prizewinning journalist whose work has appeared regularly in the Boston Globe Magazine and Parenting magazine.

Brief Biography

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

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