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

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

by Anita Diamant

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The practical, inspiring guide for all Jewish people expecting a baby. Expanded, updated, and revised.

A complete resource to the traditions and rituals for welcoming a new child to the world and into the Jewish community, and for commemorating this joyous event in family life—whatever your family constellation.

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

"Drawn from the wealth of mythic, historic, religious, culinary, and literary traditions that surround the arrival of a new Jewish baby, and informed by contemporary insight and practice, The New Jewish Baby Book describes the many ways that new parents can celebrate the arrival of a child, the newest member of your extended families, and a unique and precious chapter in the on-going saga of the Jewish people."
—from the Introduction

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580232517
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 03/01/2005
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 2.36(w) x 3.54(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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.


Boston, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

June 27, 1951

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


M.A. in English, SUNY, Binghamton, NY, 1975; B.A. in Comparative Literature, Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO, 1973.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Chai—Life

Part 2: A Jewish Name
A Son! Boys' Names
A Daughter! Girls’ Names

Part 3: Brit—Covenant
Brit Milah—The Covenant of Circumcision
Questions and Answers
Traditional Interpretations
Planning a Bris
Liturgy and Ritual
Adoption, Conversion, and Rituals for Already Circumcised Sons
Caring for the Newly Circumcised Baby
Two Ceremonies for Brit Milah
Brit Bat—Welcoming Our Daughters
Planning a Brit Bat
Elements of a Brit Bat Ceremony
Four Ceremonies for Brit Bat
Hiddur Mitzvah—Beautiful Touches
Ideas and Readings for Your Celebration

Part 4: Simcha—Joy
Simcha Means "Party"
Celebrations and Customs

Part 5: The Changing Jewish Family
Interfaith Families

Part 6: The First Year

Appendix 1: What Non-Jews Should Know about Brit Milah—the Covenant of Circumcision
Appendix 2: What Non-Jews Should Know about Brit Bat—the Covenant for a Daughter
Resources for New Parents
Directory of Artists

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