Life Bibliography

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General Books about Jewish Life
Lifecycle Ritual
Newborn Ceremonies
Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Death & Mourning
Jewish Education
Building a Jewish Home
Sex & Sexuality


Celebration & Renewal: Rites of Passage in Judaism, edited by Rela M. Geffen (Jewish Publication Society, 1993).
Finding Each Other in Judaism: Meditations on the Rites of Passage from Birth to Immortality, by Harold M. Schulweis (UAHC Press, 2001).
How to Be a Perfect Stranger: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People’s Religious Ceremonies: Vol. I, edited by Arthur J. Magida (Jewish Lights Publishing, 1996).
Life Cycles in Jewish and Christian Worship, edited by Paul F. Bradshaw and Lawrence A. Hoffman (University of Notre Dame Press, 1996).
Teaching Jewish Life Cycle: Traditions and Activities, by Barbara Binder Kadden and Bruce Kadden (A.R.E. Publishing, 1997).

Lifecycle Ritual

The Book of Jewish Sacred Practices: CLAL’s Guide to Everyday & Holiday Rituals & Blessings, edited by Irwin Kula and Vanessa L. Ochs (Jewish Lights, 2001).
Healing of Soul, Healing of Body: Spiritual Leaders Unfold the Strength & Solace in Psalms, edited by Simkha Y. Weintraub (Jewish Lights Publishing, 1994).
Lifecycles, Volume I: Jewish Women on Life Passages & Personal Milestones, edited by Rabbi Debra Orenstein (Jewish Lights Publishing, 1994).
Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope: A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Infertility and Pregnancy Loss, by Nina Beth Cardin (Jewish Lights Publishing, 1999).

Newborn Ceremonies

Celebrating Your New Jewish Daughter: Creating Jewish Ways to Welcome Baby Girls Into the Covenant, by Debra Nussbaum Cohen (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2001).
Covenant of Blood: Circumcision and Gender in Rabbinic Judaism, by Lawrence A. Hoffman (University of Chicago Press, 1996).
The New Jewish Baby Book: Names, Ceremonies & Customs/A Guide for Today’s Families, by Anita Diamant (Jewish Lights Publishing, 1993).
A Time to Be Born: Customs and Folklore of Jewish Birth, by Michele Klein (Jewish Publication Society, 1998).

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