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Birth and Naming

Before Birth

Cardin, Nina Beth. Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope : A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Infertility and Pregnancy Loss. Jewish Lights Pub; 1999. Hardcover: ISBN 1-580230-17-2.
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Feldman, David. Birth Control in Jewish Law: Marital Relations, Contraception, and Abortion As Set Forth in the Classic Texts of Jewish Law. Jason Aronson; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-765760-58-4. [The most comprehensive study available on Jewish attitudes about contraception, abortion, etc.]
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Gold, Michael. And Hannah Wept: Infertility, Adoption, and the Jewish Couple. Jewish Publication Society; 1988. Hardcover. ISBN 0-827603-06-1.
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Rosenberg, Shelley Kapnek. Adoption and the Jewish Family : Contemporary Perspectives. Jewish Publication Society; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-827606-53-2.
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Birth and Naming

Diamant, Anita. The New Jewish Baby Book: Names, Ceremonies & Customs, A Guide For Today's Families. Jewish Lights Pub; 1993, 1994. Paperback. ISBN 1-879045-28-1. [Non-traditional]
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Kolatch, Alfred J. Complete Dictionary of English and Hebrew First Names. Jonathan David Pub; 1984. Hardcover. ISBN 0-824602-95-1.
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Kolatch, Alfred J. Best Baby Names for Jewish Children. Jonathan David Pub; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-824604-06-7.
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Krohn, Paysach. Bris Milah/Circumcision. Artscroll Mesorah. Paperback. [The covenant of Abraham-A compendium of laws rituals & customs from birth to bris, anthologized from talmudic & traditional source]
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Rosenkrantz, Linda. Beyond Sarah and Sam : An Enlightened Guide to Jewish Baby Naming. St. Martin's Press; 1992. Paperback. ISBN 0-312069-04-9.
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Sidi, Smadar Shir. The Complete Book of Hebrew Baby Names. Harper San Francisco; 1989. Paperback. ISBN 0-062548-50-6.
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