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Pitching My Tent: On Marriage, Motherhood, Friendship, and Other Leaps of Faith (2003)
Following the enormous success of her two
bestselling novels, The Red Tent and Good Harbor,
award-winning author Anita Diamant delivers a book of intimate reflections
on the milestones, revelations, and balancing acts of life as a wife,
mother, friend, and member of a religious community.
Before The Red Tent, before Good Harbor, before and during
six books on contemporary Jewish life, Anita Diamant was a columnist. Over
the course of two decades, she wrote essays about friendship and family,
work and religion, ultimately creating something of a public diary
reflecting the shape and evolution of her life -- as well as the trends of
Pitching My Tent collects the finest of these essays, all freshly
revised, updated, and enriched with new material, forming a cohesive and
compelling narrative. Organized into six parts, the shape of the book
reflects the general shape of adult life, chronicling its emotional and
practical milestones. There are sections on marriage and the nature of
family ("Love, Marriage, Baby Carriage"); on the ties that bind mother and
child ("My One and Only"); on the demands and rewards of friendship ("The
Good Ship"); on the challenges of balancing Jewish and secular calendars
("Time Wise"); on midlife ("In the Middle"); and on what it means to
embrace Judaism in today's culture ("Home for the Soul").
The Last Days of Dogtown (2005)
Set on the high ground at the heart of Cape Ann, the
village of Dogtown is peopled by widows, orphans, spinsters, scoundrels,
whores, free Africans, and "witches." Among the inhabitants of this hamlet
are Black Ruth, who dresses as a man and works as a stonemason; Mrs.
Stanley, an imperious madam whose grandson, Sammy, comes of age in her
brothel; Oliver Younger, who survives a miserable childhood at the hands
of his aunt; and Cornelius Finson, a freed slave. At the center of it all
is Judy Rhines, a fiercely independent soul, deeply lonely, who
nonetheless builds a life for herself against all imaginable odds.
Rendered in stunning, haunting detail, with Diamant's keen ear for
language and profound compassion for her characters, The Last Days of
Dogtown is an extraordinary retelling of a long-forgotten chapter of early
Anita Diamant's international bestseller The Red Tent brilliantly
re-created the ancient world of womanhood. Diamant brings her remarkable
storytelling skills to Good Harbor -- offering insight to the
precarious balance of marriage and career, motherhood and friendship in
the world of modern women.
Good Harbor (2001)
The seaside town of Gloucester, Massachusetts is a place where the smell
of the ocean lingers in the air and the rocky coast glistens in the
Atlantic sunshine. When longtime Gloucester-resident Kathleen Levine is
diagnosed with breast cancer, her life is thrown into turmoil. Frightened
and burdened by secrets, she meets Joyce Tabachnik -- a freelance writer
with literary aspirations -- and a once-in-a-lifetime friendship is born.
Joyce has just bought a small house in Gloucester, where she hopes to
write as well as vacation with her family. Like Kathleen, Joyce is at a
fragile place in her life.
A mutual love for books, humor, and the beauty of the natural world brings
the two women together. They share their personal histories, and help each
other to confront scars left by old emotional wounds.
With her own trademark wisdom and humor, Diamant considers the nature,
strength, and necessity of adult female friendship. Good Harbor
examines the tragedy of loss, the insidious nature of family secrets, as
well as the redemptive power of friendship.
- A decade after the publication of this hugely
popular international bestseller, Picador releases the tenth anniversary
edition of The Red Tent.
The Red Tent (1997, 2007)
Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her life is only hinted at in a brief and
violent detour within the more familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis
that tell of her father, Jacob, and his twelve sons.
Told in Dinah's voice, Anita Diamant imagines the traditions and turmoils
of ancient womanhood--the world of the red tent. It begins with the story
of the mothers--Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah--the four wives of Jacob.
They love Dinah and give her gifts that sustain her through childhood, a
calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land. Dinah's story
reaches out from a remarkable period of early history and creates an
intimate connection with the past.
Deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a
valuable achievement in modern fiction: a new view of biblical women's
How to Raise a Jewish Child: A Practical Handbook for
Family Life (2000, 2008 release) by Anita
Diamant and Karen Kushner
How to Be a Jewish Parent: A Practical Handbook for Family Life)
How can I make the holidays interesting and
meaningful to my child?
Should I send my child to a Jewish day school? A Jewish summer camp?
What kind of synagogue is best for my family?
How do I plan a family trip to Israel or add Jewish heritage sites when
traveling around the country or around the world?
If you are, or hope to be, a Jewish parent in more than name, you have a
lot of decisions to make. So many choices! But you can have no better
guide to this wealth of opportunity than Anita Diamant.
The author of popular books on Jewish weddings and baby rituals, Diamant
now joins with family therapist Karen Kushner to help you through the next
steps. They give creative, practical answers to these and many other
questions, provide guidance on how to foster Jewish decision making for
children of all ages, describe how to make your home a "Jewish space," and
explain the importance of synagogue membership, holiday celebrations,
community service, and other family activities.
Diamant and Kushner draw from many sources to describe the practices,
customs, and values that go into creating a Jewish home. They combine
insights from Jewish tradition with contemporary developmental thinking
about how children learn and grow. They provide addresses (including Web
sites) where you can find specific information and other resources. And
since experience may be the best of all teachers, they share their own and
other parents' stories and observations. For Diamant and Kushner, the
number-one goal of How to Be a Jewish Parent is to give parents
(and grandparents) guideposts to raising joyful children within the rich
tradition of the Jewish faith and culture. No Jewish family should be
The New Jewish Baby Book: Names, Ceremonies, & Customs-a Guide for Today's Families (1988, 2005)
A complete guide to the customs and rituals for
welcoming a new child to the world and into the Jewish community, and for
commemorating the joyous event in family life whatever your family
constellation. The only book of its kind. Expanded, completely updated and
Ceremonies to copy for handouts.
Special section for interfaith families helps make the celebrations
inclusive and joyous for all.
New ceremonies for girls, as well as for boys.
Saying Kaddish: How to Comfort the Dying, Bury the Dead, and Mourn As a Jew (1998)
Anita Diamant's knowledge, sensitivity, and
clarity have made her one of the most respected writers of guides to
Jewish life. In Saying Kaddish, she shows how to make Judaism's
time-honored rituals into personal, meaningful sources of comfort. Diamant
guides the reader through Jewish practices that attend the end of life,
from the sickroom to the funeral to the week, month, and year that follow.
There are chapters describing the traditional Jewish funeral and the
customs of Shiva, the first week after death when mourners are comforted
and cared for by community, friends, and family. She also explains the
protected status of Jewish mourners, who are exempt from responsibilities
of social, business, and religious life during Shloshim, the first thirty
days. And she provides detailed instructions for the rituals of Yizkor and
Yahrzeit, as well as chapters about caring for grieving children, mourning
the death of a child, neonatal loss, suicide, and the death of non-Jewish
Choosing a Jewish Life: A Handbook for People Converting to Judaism and for Their Family and Friends
Married to a convert herself, Anita Diamant provides advice and
information that can transform the act of conversion into an extraordinary
journey of self-discovery and spiritual growth.
Here you will learn how to choose a rabbi, a synagogue, a denomination, a
Hebrew name; how to handle the difficulty of putting aside Christmas; what
happens at the mikvah (ritual bath) or at a hatafat dam brit (circumcision
ritual for those already circumcised); how to find your footing in a new
spiritual family that is not always well prepared to receive you; and how
not to lose your bonds to your family of origin. Diamant anticipates all
the questions, doubts, and concerns, and provides a comprehensive
explanation of the rules and rituals of conversion.
Bible Baby Names: Spiritual Choices from Judeo-Christian Tradition (1996)
A complete resource for parents-to-be searching for
a perfect name for their baby. The Bible provides some of today s most
popular names. But, as Bible Baby Names shows, there are many names beyond
Adam and Eve! The book offers nearly 1,000 boys and girls names from the
Hebrew Bible and the Christian Bible, each with a:
Translation from the original language
Citation of where the name appears in the Bible
Description of its meaning
For all who want their child s name to be special,
spiritual, and full of meaning, Bible Baby Names offers a
treasure-trove of choices. A great shower gift!
Living a Jewish Life: Jewish Traditions, Customs, and Values for Today's Families
Living a Jewish Life describes Judaism as not just a contemplative
or abstract system of thought but as a blueprint for living fully and
honorably. This new edition builds on the classic guide, which has been a
favorite among Jewish educators and students for years. Enriched with
additional resources, including online resources, this updated guide also
references recent changes in the modern Jewish community, and has served
as a resource and guide for non–Jews as well as Jews.
Addressing the choices posed by the modern world, Living a Jewish Life
explains the traditions and beliefs of Judaism in the context of real
life. It explores the spectrum of liberal Jewish thought, from
Conservative to Reconstructionist to Reform, as well as unaffiliated, new
age, and secular. Celebrating the diversity of Jewish beliefs, this guide
provides information in ways that readers can choose how to incorporate
Judaism into their lives.
Readers will learn how to choose the right synagogue, and discover the
meaning and significance of lighting Sabbath candles. "Shabbat," "Torah,"
"kosher," "mitzvah" and other key words are all defined in all of their
complex and potent meanings.
On the most basic level, this book explains the essential Jewish
vocabulary, but more importantly, LIVING A JEWISH LIFE is a
sensitive and comprehensive introduction that reveals the timeless nature
of Jewish tradition, rich with history and relevant in the modern world.
What to Name Your Jewish Baby
The New Jewish Wedding (1986,
Since its original publication in 1986, The New
Jewish Wedding has become required reading, assigned to engaged
couples by Conservative, Reform, and Reconstruc-tionist rabbis alike. In
this new revision, Anita Diamant, one of the most respected writers of
guides to Jewish life, continues to offer step-by-step guidance to
planning the ceremony and the party that follows -- from hiring a rabbi
and wording the invitation to organizing a processional and hiring a
caterer. She also includes:
A new chapter focusing on converts, non-Jews, and
Essential Web sites
All new art, with examples of ketubot, invitations, and
other wedding paraphernalia
New poems and new translations of the seven wedding
Complete, authoritative, and indispensable, The New
Jewish Wedding is a must-have resource for anyone who wants a wedding
that combines spiritual meaning and joyous celebration.
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