Time to Be Born
& Folklore of Jewish Birth
The Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia
the gaonic period, Jews in Babylon used magic bowls to protect
against a child-killing demon. Such bowls, excavated at
Nippur, Mesopotamia, and dating approximately from the sixth
to the eighth centuries, were buried under the threshold
of houses for protective purposes.
impressive volume is a comprehensive account of all aspects
of pregnancies and childbirth, circumcision and childcare.
The author, Michele Klein, a psychologist, is also the author
of New Life: A Diary for Jewish Parents. She lives with
her family in Israel.
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