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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
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Tags:Historical Fiction, 2012

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I enjoy these novels, which provide an interesting glimpse of Jewish life more than a thousand years ago. This is an engaging story of Miriam, a midwife who becomes a mohelet, controversial in its time (in addition to her Torah study, which was primarily allowed only to men). Her marriage to Judah, who is a "good" husband but who harbors deep secrets, is compelling.

In many cases throughout this book, it seemed too restrained. It could go further dramatically, and there were some missed opportunities. The ending felt dissatisfying, but that's mainly because I am reading it with modern eyes. The ending is realistic and appropriate for the times...I just wished it could have been different. ( )
  Nadine_Feldman | Aug 26, 2015 |
The second book in the series, this story focuses on Miriam, Rashi's middle child. When Miriam's fiancée dies in a tragic accident, she is thrust into depression and despair. Not even her training as a midwife can bring her out of her funk. Only time and distance seems to help. After marrying Judah, the two struggle with a variety of issues. Judah struggles with homosexual urges, while Miriam decides to learn the art of circumcision, causing great debate within her community.

Overall, I thought this book was well written. It wasn't as engaging as the first book, which I found a bit surprising. I wish the book focused more on her being a midwife and mohl, which would have caught my interest a bit more. I think I just wanted a little more from the story, everything seemed a bit too easy for Miriam. ( )
  JanaRose1 | Oct 17, 2014 |
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 |
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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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