The New Jewish Baby Book, 2nd Ed. : Names, Ceremonies & CustomsA Guide for Todays Families
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.
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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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February 01, 2005
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