Rashi's Daughters, Book II: Miriam: A Novel of Love and the Talmud in Medieval France

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Product Details

Price
$17.00
Publisher
Plume Books
Publish Date
Pages
496
Dimensions
5.58 X 1.1 X 8.36 inches | 0.98 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780452288638
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About the Author

Maggie Anton was born Margaret Antonofsky in Los Angeles, California. Raised in a secular, socialist household, she reached adulthood with little knowledge of her Jewish religion. All that changed when David Parkhurst, who was to become her husband, entered her life, and they both discovered Judaism as adults. 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. Legend has it that Rashi's daughters were learned in a time when women were traditionally forbidden to study the sacred texts. These forgotten women seemed ripe for rediscovery, and the idea of a book about them was born.

Reviews

"Anton delivers a tour de force . . . [Readers] will fly through the pages and come away wishing for more."--Library Journal (starred review)

"A compelling combination of drama, suspense, and romance."--Lilith magazine