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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Jewish education spiced with insight about values.
This is a very good overview of Jewish values and rituals related to bringing a boy or girl into the world. Well reseached and very non judgemental so it is good for Reform, Conservative or Orthodox Jews, and non Jews who want to understand rituals without being embarrassed.
Published on December 5, 1998 by Reuven Carlyle (rcarlyle@xypoi...

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2.0 out of 5 stars No alternative to a bris
After getting great use out of Diamant's The New Jewish Wedding, I was looking forward to The New Jewish Baby Book, as we prepare to welcome our son. In a book that is otherwise so open to traditional as well as interfaith/LGBT/international matters, up to and including situations where the mother isn't Jewish, I was disappointed, saddened, and guilt-tripped to find the...
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Jewish education spiced with insight about values., December 5, 1998
This is a very good overview of Jewish values and rituals related to bringing a boy or girl into the world. Well reseached and very non judgemental so it is good for Reform, Conservative or Orthodox Jews, and non Jews who want to understand rituals without being embarrassed.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a wealth of information to help you plan for your newborn, January 7, 2002
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Each couple anticipating the arrival of a child is tuned into the Jewish saying that, "With each child, the world begins anew." Planning for the arrival of a newborn is filled with hope, excitement, nervousness, and profound love. Beyond these wonderful feelings are all the reality issues of how to choose a name and how to welcome this new being into the family and community. For Jewish families expecting a new arrival, Anita Diamant's "The New Jewish Baby Book" is an invaluable resource.
As someone who creates personalized birth announcements for couples who want to announce the arrival of their newborn in a special way, I am very aware of how helpful "The New Jewish Baby Book" is. I see well-used copies, with clips and markers pointing to elements that speak to the couple as they plan for their baby. Anita Diamant's in-depth descriptions and presentations of a wide range of issues help couples focus on what is important and meaningful as they prrepare for their awesome new adventure.
Particularly helpful are a myriad ideas for ritual welcoming ceremonies for both boys and girls. The Brit Millah (Covenant of Circumcision) ceremony for boys has been in use since Biblical times. There must not be a parent through the ages who hasn't agonized over this ritual. "The New Jewish Baby Book" provides a sensitive assessment of this ancient ceremony, bringing contemporary questions and issues to the discussion of circumcision in an attempt to help couples come to terms with this practice. For those anticipating having a boy, reading the section on the Brit Millah will help families understand the ceremony and know what to expect, including a checklist of items that need to be on hand. Until relatively recently, there was no official ceremony to welcome a girl into the Jewish community. "The New Jewish Baby Book" was one of the first resources published to provide ideas, prayers, blessings, and readings for a Brit Bat (Covenant for a Daughter) ceremony. For this, Anita Diamant is to be commended.
In addition to enhancing traditional ceremonies with contemporary prayers, "The New Jewish Baby Book" suggests other ways of beautifying the arrival of a new born, whether with hand-crafted ritual objects or with a unique and personalized birth announcement with a Jewish look. The book also addresses the reality of an increased intermarriage rate in modern times, raising common concerns when some family members are unfamiliar with Jewish ritual and practice. Also addressed are adoption issues, ways to include extended family members in the welcoming of a new born, and genetic diseases for which Jewish couples should be tested and aware of. All of these issues are discussed with Anita's usual thoroughness, sensitivity and compassion.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANITA DIAMANT DOES NOT DISAPPOINT!, September 19, 2001
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Like all of her books, this is a great resource for Jewish parents. Diamant includes everything you need to know to plan a brit milah or brit bat. Also she gives suggestions on how to create your own ceremony. She includes a list of Jewish baby names as well as Jewish baby announcements. The book is easy and enjoyable to read. This is a must read for pregnant Jews whether they are reform, conservative, or orthodox.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative, September 4, 2003
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Angela Preimesberger "angeltod" (Where the miilitary sends us....) - See all my reviews
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This book manages to pretty much cover all the bases about rituals and such when you are expecting. I realied heavily on it for my first child and with the twins, I was somewhat disappointed to see it didn't mention a thing about multiple births (especially since they are so common nowadays 1-in 100). But other than that - I was highly impressed with the content!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource, October 13, 2012
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This review is from: New Jewish Baby Book: Names, Ceremonies & Customs - A Guide for Today's Families (Paperback)
I bought this book because I am not Jewish and needed to learn more about my son's bris. This book proved to be invaluable. It provided so much detail about what a bris is all about and the beautiful things I can do to make his day unique. It also gave several examples of different ways of celebrating, different passages one can read, etc. I definitely recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn more about bris milah.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Especially useful for first-time Jewish/Interfaith Moms!, December 7, 2007
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This review is from: New Jewish Baby Book: Names, Ceremonies & Customs - A Guide for Today's Families (Paperback)
My husband and I are expecting our first child, a girl, and wanted to learn about Jewish traditions surrounding her birth. This book is great - I wish the name section was a bit longer, but otherwise it is well-written and contains a lot of beautiful info.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a wealth of information to help you plan for your newborn, January 7, 2002
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Each couple anticipating the arrival of a child is tuned into the Jewish saying that, "With each child, the world begins anew." Planning for the arrival of a newborn is filled with hope, excitement, nervousness, and profound love. Beyond these wonderful feelings are all the reality issues of how to choose a name and how to welcome this new being into the family and community. For Jewish families expecting a new arrival, Anita Diamant's "The New Jewish Baby Book" is an invaluable resource.
As someone who creates personalized birth announcements for couples who want to announce the arrival of their newborn in a special way, I am very aware of how helpful "The New Jewish Baby Book" is. I see well-used copies, with clips and markers pointing to elements that speak to the couple as they plan for their baby. Anita Diamant's in-depth descriptions and presentations of a wide range of issues help couples focus on what is important and meaningful as they prrepare for their awesome new adventure.
Particularly helpful are a myriad ideas for ritual welcoming ceremonies for both boys and girls. The Brit Millah (Covenant of Circumcision) ceremony for boys has been in use since Biblical times. There must not be a parent through the ages who hasn't agonized over this ritual. "The New Jewish Baby Book" provides a sensitive assessment of this ancient ceremony, bringing contemporary questions and issues to the discussion of circumcision in an attempt to help couples come to terms with this practice. For those anticipating having a boy, reading the section on the Brit Millah will help families understand the ceremony and know what to expect, including a checklist of items that need to be on hand. Until relatively recently, there was no official ceremony to welcome a girl into the Jewish community. "The New Jewish Baby Book" was one of the first resources published to provide ideas, prayers, blessings, and readings for a Brit Bat (Covenant for a Daughter) ceremony. For this, Anita Diamant is to be commended.
In addition to enhancing traditional ceremonies with contemporary prayers, "The New Jewish Baby Book" suggests other ways of beautifying the arrival of a new born, whether with hand-crafted ritual objects or with a unique and personalized birth announcement with a Jewish look. The book also addresses the reality of an increased intermarriage rate in modern times, raising common concerns when some family members are unfamiliar with Jewish ritual and practice. Also addressed are adoption issues, ways to include extended family members in the welcoming of a new born, and genetic diseases for which Jewish couples should be tested and aware of. All of these issues are discussed with Anita's usual thoroughness, sensitivity and compassion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, September 17, 2014
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Anita's done it again- a very good book that's well written and extremely helpful!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book, January 11, 2007
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This book is an excellent reference for expectant parents looking to celebrate Jewish traditions. I highly recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jewish Baby Book, August 8, 2014
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great book. helped a lot
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