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The New Jewish Baby Book
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This complete guide to Jewish traditions, ceremonies, and rituals will help readers welcome a new child to the world and into the Jewish community. Over 60,000 readers of all backgrounds have already used the previous editions of this guidebook?now completely updated and expanded?to commemorate a joyous event in family life. The New Jewish Baby Book, 2nd Edition skillfully weaves ancient tradition, rituals, laws, and practices together with the modern and changing face of the Jewish family. This updated edition includes ceremonies for girls as well as boys, and addresses issues such as adoption and interfaith families. Diamant guides expectant and new parents through choices drawn from the wealth of Jewish mythic, historic, religious, culinary, and literary traditions that surround the arrival of a new baby. This guidance will help parents to explore their child's and family's connection to Judaism and the Jewish people in a way that is both traditional and personally relevant.
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"I've never been religious, but during my pregnancy I had a lot of questions about Jewish traditions ... this book helped me make all the decisions." --Robin Wolaner, founder, Parenting magazine "Lovely.... Does a wonderful job of explaining aspects of traditional Jewish law--meaningful suggestions make tradition relevant to contemporary situations." --American Library Association's Booklist "Weaves together history, traditions, laws and practices, rituals and prayers to form a beautiful tapestry.... A wonderful resource." --Rabbi Joy Levitt (Reconstructionist), associate executive director of programming at the Manhattan JCC "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 and demonstrate sensitivity to issues of gender and adoption." --Rabbi William H. Lebeau (Conservative), vice chancellor, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America "Gives all of us--experts and novices alike--the ability and confidence to begin our Jewish child rearing on a profound and sacred plane." --Cantor Benjie Ellen Shiller (Reform), professor of cantorial arts, HUC-JIR School of Sacred Music "I've never been religious, but during my pregnancy I had a lot of questions about Jewish traditions ... this book helped me make all the decisions." Robin Wolaner, founder, Parenting magazine "Lovely.... Does a wonderful job of explaining aspects of traditional Jewish law meaningful suggestions make tradition relevant to contemporary situations." American Library Association's Booklist Weaves together history, traditions, laws and practices, rituals and prayers to form a beautiful tapestry.... A wonderful resource. Rabbi Joy Levitt (Reconstructionist), associate executive director of programming at the Manhattan JCC 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 and demonstrate sensitivity to issues of gender and adoption. Rabbi William H. Lebeau (Conservative), vice chancellor, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America Gives all of us experts and novices alike the ability and confidence to begin our Jewish child rearing on a profound and sacred plane. Cantor Benjie Ellen Shiller (Reform), professor of cantorial arts, HUC JIR School of Sacred Music "

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