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

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

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by Maggie Anton
     
 

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The first two novels in a dramatic trilogy set in eleventh-century France about the lives and loves of three daughters of the great Talmud scholar

In 1068, the scholar Salomon ben Isaac returns home to Troyes, France, to take over the family winemaking business and embark on a path that will indelibly influence the Jewish world-writing the first Talmud

Overview

The first two novels in a dramatic trilogy set in eleventh-century France about the lives and loves of three daughters of the great Talmud scholar

In 1068, the scholar Salomon ben Isaac returns home to Troyes, France, to take over the family winemaking business and embark on a path that will indelibly influence the Jewish world-writing the first Talmud commentary, and secretly teaching Talmud to his daughters.

Joheved, the eldest of his three girls, finds her mind and spirit awakened by religious study, but, knowing the risk, 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.

Rich in period detail and drama, Joheved is a must read for fans of Tracy Chevalier's Girl With a Pearl Earring.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452288621
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/31/2007
Series:
Rashi's Daughters , #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
417,877
Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet 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.

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Rashi's Daughters, Book I: Joheved 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
grandmaMG More than 1 year ago
Rashi's Daughters, Book I, Joheved was chosen by my Book Club. To me it was very educational and I loved the historical background portrayed by the time. The book includes a timeline of the important things in history in relationship to the characters in this book, which made understanding this book so easy. It also included a glossary of Jewish customs and expressions so that anyone could understand and learn so much. Joheved, the eldest daughter was showcased in this novel. She was a girl/woman well beyond her years and practiced activities that were not to be done by woman according to custom. Read this book and see what this this young woman did and why. This book was so good, our book club is planning to read Book II, Miriam and Book III, Rachel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot is both intriguing and educational. It is engaging for those who have the background and those who have none. I highly recommend it as a warm, touching, human interest narrative based on historical and religious information. Finally, an authentic Jewish narrative from a sensitive Jewishly romantic point of view! Female characters are strong and positive role models.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was recommended to me by my Rabbi. I read it and loved it. Could not wait for the next book to come out. I learned a ton about Rashi and life of women in France for Jews of that time frame. Really well written, wonderful and inciteful. Made me have even more respect for the hard times these people went through as well as the appreciation for how similar women are still today as compared to those of yesterday.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed 'Joheved' so much, the blend of Fiction an Non-Fiction, the wonderful Talmud passages. . .I enjoyed, I learned, I laughed, I cried, and I related. What a beautiful masterpiece you have created! My one complaint, was that I purchased 'Jehoved' as my vacation read, and it only lasted me a couple of days! I couldn't buy Miriam until I was home again! Which, of course I did, and I have started reading, and am in love yet again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down!
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We had this for our book club. I ended up not finishing it because I just didn't care about the characters, what happened to them, etc. I am passionate about books, all kinds of books, and this one just didn't do it. I was in dread that we were going to be reading about the other sisters but luckily for me I wasn't the only one who didn't enjoy it!
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Marvin-K More than 1 year ago
Maggie Anton demostrates her erudition and scholarly prowess with her frequent references to "Rabbinic" texts. She keeps the interest of her readers with her exciting writing style. In general, this book is a wonderful introduction to the history of regions of northern France and southern Germany in the 11th Century, and a fascinating account of the religious and political practices of that time. It demonstrates that all people, Jew and non-Jew alike, had their own superstitions, and practiced the primitive science and medicine of that period in Western Europe.
MzFashionista More than 1 year ago
It brought to light some facts about Judaism that I wasn't aware of prior to reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is truly a classic of historical fiction. It is like being there. Great for anyone who wants to get a feel for the spirit and times Rashi lived in.