Rashi's Daughter, Secret Scholar

Rashi's Daughter, Secret Scholar

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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),

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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?

Editorial Reviews

JTNews

"Anton maintains much of the details of Medieval life that makes the book so vivid and appealing."—JTNews
Hadassah Magazine

"An absorbing tale."—Hadassah Magazine
ALA Booklist

"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
Multicultural Review

"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
Ilene Cooper

...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.
American Library Association

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780827608696
Publisher:
Jewish Publication Society
Publication date:
10/15/2008
Series:
Rashi's Daughters Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Rashi's Daughter, Secret Scholar 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent children's adaptation of Anton's series about Rashi's daughters for adults. The book describes life in medieval Troyes, France for the Jewish community, depicts the lives of women, children, and interactions with gentiles. Rashi, whose commentaries are well-known in Jewish circles, is given a family and personality...brought to life. My only concern with the book was that the back said it was for ages 10 and up. I would have given it a PG-13 due to its references to menstruation, childbirth, male-female attraction and vague references to sexual flirtation and activity.