The New Jew­ish Baby Book, 2nd Edition

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By – July 16, 2012
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.

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