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by Maggie Anton

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Title:Rashi's Daughters, Book II: Miriam: A Novel of Love and the Talmud in Medieval France
Authors:Maggie Anton
Info:Plume (2007), Paperback, 496 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:Historical Fiction, 2012

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This second book in a series about Rashi’s daughters continues to give readers insight into the world of Jewish women in a medieval Jewish community in France.
The novels, based on history expanded by the author’s literary creativity, portray a specific daughter and her individuality along with the remainder of Rashi’s extended family. In Book II the focus is on Rashi’s middle daughter, Miriam, a midwife, healer, and female mohel (mohelet).

This story was less plausible and less engaging for me than Book I: Joheved. The intertwining of Talmud, Baraita, and Gemorrah with the portrayal of sexual desires seemed contrived. While Anton weaves a realistic picture of human emotions and family dynamics, the picture is so close to today’s language that it can’t be true for 11th century France. Nevertheless I recommend this book for the many dimensions it offers: the fascinating life of Rashi and Jewish academics; strong women and their desires for love, learning, self actualization; and daily life in feudal France in the Middle Ages. Let me know if you find this riveting and informative and a thumb’s up choice. "Book III - Rachel" is due in 2009.
Cyrille Cobe - February, 2009
  bilib | May 18, 2013 |
This series continues to be a well written and great to read group. I have learned so much about life in general and Jewish life in particular in the 11th Century with the reading of the Rashi's Daughters series. ( )
  JanicsEblen | Apr 3, 2012 |
story revolves around Miriam and her marriage to a homosexual yeshiva boy/Talmudic scholar
  javaroast | Jun 20, 2011 |
Prefered the first book but it is a wonderful window into a man and a life in middle age France.
  shazjhb | Oct 11, 2010 |
A picture of Talmud study in the middle ages under Rashi. A beautiful detailed picture of the lives that circled around Rashi - the great Talmud scholar. ( )
  fglass | Apr 1, 2010 |
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The engrossing historical series of three sisters living in eleventh-century Troyes, France, continues with the tale of Miriam, the lively and daring middle child of Salomon ben Isaac, the great Talmudic authority. Having no sons, he teaches his daughters the intricacies of Mishnah and Gemara in an era when educating women in Jewish scholarship was unheard of. His middle daughter, Miriam, is determined to bring new life safely into the Troyes Jewish community and becomes a midwife. As devoted as she is to her chosen path, she cannot foresee the ways in which she will be tested and how heavily she will need to rely on her faith. With Rashi’s Daughters, author Maggie Anton brings the Talmud and eleventh-century France to vivid life and poignantly captures the struggles and triumphs of strong Jewish women.

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Dedicated to her career as a midwife in the eleventh-century Troyes, France, Jewish community, Miriam finds herself sorely tested and forced to rely on her faith to pursue her chosen path.

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