Becoming a parent is both a joy and a responsibility. Judaism is full of traditions and rituals to celebrate the arrival of a child. The second edition of Anita Diamant’s The New Jewish Baby Book offers parents an introduction to these rituals and ideas for personalizing them. She includes a brief section on pregnancy and birth, lists of Jewish names for boys and girls, and information about brit milah and brit bat. New to this edition is a chapter on the changing Jewish family that acknowledges adoption, interfaith marriage, and homosexual parents. Two appendices explain brit milah and brit bat for non-Jews. A glossary, resource list of books and Web sites, and a directory of artists provide further information. This is a wonderful resource for expectant and new parents. It is a good choice for synagogue and public libraries as well. Gloss, index, notes.
Barbara M. Bibel is a librarian at the Oakland Public Library in Oakland, CA; and at Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley, CA.