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?
About the Author
MAGGIE ANTON is an award-winning writer who studies Talmud and medieval history. She is at work on the third novel in the trilogy, about the youngest daughter, Rachel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.