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Rashi's Daughter, Secret Scholar

by Maggie Anton

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Anton here appears to be doing a youth-targetted prequel to her Rashi's Daughters series about the daughters of this renowned 11th century Jewish scholar. The background appears to be well researched, the characters are not unbelievable, and the story-- and its background-- is fascinating, though there are some heart-wrenching moments. If you are interested in the lives of medieval women, medieval Jews, or both, this is worth taking up, though I wouldn't give it a gold star for great writing. ( )
  bunnyjadwiga | May 5, 2010 |
Based on her adult books about the daughters of Biblical scholar, Rashi, Anton introduces Joheved and her sister, Miriam, who are living in 11th century France. Though the book spans years, readers come to know the sisters on superficially, and time and place is all. Anton provides a detailed but never boring look at what life was like at the time for residents of Troyes in general and Jewish girls in particular. In some ways, it’s what one might expect – keeping religious holidays, make a home – but these sisters are also privileged and study the Torah [against their mother’s wishes]. Moreover, Joheved knows the family business, winemaking, and Miriam prepares to be a midwife. Throughout Anton does a masterful job of explaining the intricacies of medieval life, from how a grape is picked to the way parchment is made; why certain amulets are used in childbirth and the system of taxation on wine. With several important female characters besides the sisters, the beautifully shows the rich diversity of women and the lives they lead, even long ago. ( )
1 vote maggieanton | Apr 5, 2009 |
Hear about this book from the author herself on The Book of Life Podcast's coverage of the Book Expo America conference. Listen online at www.bookoflifepodcast.com, the "Book Expo, Part 2" June 2008 episode.
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  bookoflife | Jun 18, 2008 |
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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?

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In eleventh-century Troyes, France, Joheved, the eldest daughter of a respected teacher and Bible commentator, studies Talmud after her days of helping run a household and the family winemaking business, but worries that her future husband will agree with those who believe women should not be scholars.… (more)

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