Rashi's Daughter, Secret Scholar by Maggie Anton
  

Synopsis

Rashi's Daughter, Secret Scholar by Maggie Anton

Rashi's Daughter, Secret Scholar was adapted from the first book in this series, Volume 1: Joheved. The tale of a young girl who challenges conventions to engage in Jewish learning; Set in 11th-century Troyes, France, Rashi's Daughter, Secret Scholar tells the story of Joheved, eldest daughter of Salomon ben Isaac (known as Rashi), one of the great medieval Jewish Bible commentators. At a time when women traditionally were barred from studying Jewish texts, Rashi secretly teaches first Joheved, then her sister Miriam. By day, Joheved helps in running the household and the family winemaking business, and by night she studies Talmud with her father. As she nears marriageable age, Joheved finds her mind and spirit awakened by religious study, but she must keep her passion for learning and prayer hidden. When she becomes betrothed to Meir ben Samuel, she is forced to choose between marital happiness and being true to her love of the Talmud. Will she fulfill the expected role of a Jewish woman or pursue a path of Jewish learning?

Reviews

Anton maintains much of the details of Medieval life that makes the book so vivid and appealing. -JTNews JTNews Anton does a masterful job of explaining the intricacies of medieval life ... this beautifully shows the diversity of women and the lives they lead, even long ago. -ALA Booklist ALA Booklist An absorbing tale. -Hadassah Magazine Hadassah Magazine The book is fascinating for the ways in which religion and superstition interact in every important act of life. This book should totally enchant and hold the interest of both adult and young adult readers. -Multicultural Review Multicultural Review

About the Author

Maggie Anton was born Margaret Antonofsky in Los Angeles, California. In the early 1990's, Anton began studying Talmud in a class for women taught by Rachel Adler, now a professor at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. She became intrigued with the idea that Rashi, one of the greatest Jewish scholars ever, had no sons, only three daughters. Slowly but surely, she began to research the family and the time in which they lived. This resulted in her authoring Rashi's Daughters, Book I: Joheved (Banot Press, 2005; rpt. Plume, 2007) and Rashi's Daughters, Book II: Miriam (Plume, 2007). She is the winner of the 2006 Ben Franklin Award for Best new Voice - Fiction. Anton continued on with her studies individually with Rabbi Aaron Katz Ph.D., Professor of Rabbinics at the Academy of Jewish Religion.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
160 pages

Author

Maggie Anton
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Publisher

Jewish Publication Society

Publication date

14th July 2008

ISBN

9780827608696


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