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

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The dramatic final book in the epic historical trilogy about the lives and loves of the three daughters of the great Talmud scholar Rashi

Rachel is the youngest and most beautiful daughter of medieval Jewish scholar Salomon ben Isaac, or 'Rashi.' Her father's favorite and adored by her new husband, Eliezer, Rachel's life looks to be one of peaceful scholarship, laughter, and love. But events beyond her control will soon threaten everything she holds dear. Marauders of the First ...

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Overview

The dramatic final book in the epic historical trilogy about the lives and loves of the three daughters of the great Talmud scholar Rashi

Rachel is the youngest and most beautiful daughter of medieval Jewish scholar Salomon ben Isaac, or 'Rashi.' Her father's favorite and adored by her new husband, Eliezer, Rachel's life looks to be one of peaceful scholarship, laughter, and love. But events beyond her control will soon threaten everything she holds dear. Marauders of the First Crusade massacre nearly the entire Jewish population of Germany, and her beloved father suffers a stroke. Eliezer wants their family to move to the safety of Spain, but Rachel is determined to stay in France and help her family save the Troyes yeshiva, the only remnant of the great centers of Jewish learning in Europe.

As she did so effectively in Joheved and Miriam, Maggie Anton vividly brings to life the world of eleventh-century France and a remarkable Jewish woman of dignity, passion, and strength.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452295681
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Series: Rachi's Daughters Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 226,069
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Maggie Anton

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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  • Posted December 28, 2009

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    Thought-Provoking Read, Particularly if You're Interested in Judaism

    I typically don't review historical fiction not authored by anyone named William Dietrich, and I definitely judged a book by its cover with this novel. I don't read romance, and this appeared to be that sort of story. When I hear the term "historical romance", I immediately think of the thinly-sketched historical settings that serve as paper-thin backdrop for Fabio-esque characters to sweep damsels off their feet.

    This is not that kind of novel.

    Rashi's Daughters III is a well-researched, historically-grounded novel that places the serious reader firmly in medieval Europe during the time of the crusades. Told from the perspective of a daughter of a Hasidic scholar, the novel explores the plight of Jews during a period in which history tends to focus on the conflict between Christians and Muslims. I found this point-of-view to be thought-provoking, and a new experience. Elements of intrigue and conflicts over family and religious obligations are woven into the plot. It grows a bit heavy on discussions of Judaism if you're not interested in such things, and thus the plot slows at points.

    Though not my genre, I still found Rashi's Daughters III: Rachel to be an enjoyable read. If you enjoy highly-detailed historical fiction, buy this book. It can be enjoyed as a stand-alone, but you might want to begin with the first book of the trilogy.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    Rashi's Daughters - Book 3 - Rachel

    Maggie Anton gets into the history of this part of Western Europe during the last of the 11th century and the early part of the 12th. She describes,in detail, the hardships inflicted by the first Crusade on the Jewish communities in Southern Germany, and the utter destruction of the major centers of Talmudic study there. We also learn about the travels of Jewish merchants to Eastern Europe, the Levant, Spain, and North Africa.
    We learn a little bit about how the Jewish beliefs and practices differed among these areas. We learn more about the management of vineyards by Jews, and a lot about the Jewish merchants who dealt in woolens. This book was very interesting to me because of the variety of subjects that Anton chose for us learn.

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  • Posted September 1, 2009

    disappointed

    this is the first time i have reviewed a book...i have enjoyed maggie antons two previous books...i was looking forward to her third book of the series..while her first two books had wonderful story lines,this books storyline is too involved with the torah and the teachings of the jewish faith...the characters are confusing and it doesn't have the warmth that the past two books had..if i had read this book first,i would never had read the others.. while i am of the jewish faith and enjoy historical fiction...this book was not one that i would recommend..

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