The Choice: A Novel of Love, Faith, and Tulmud

The Choice: A Novel of Love, Faith, and Tulmud

by Maggie Anton
The Choice: A Novel of Love, Faith, and Tulmud

The Choice: A Novel of Love, Faith, and Tulmud

by Maggie Anton



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A powerful love story with a purpose: to challenge Jewish customs concerning women, marriage, and equality. The award-winning author of Rashi's Daughters, Maggie Anton, has written a wholly transformative novel that takes characters inspired by Chaim Potok and ages them into young adults in Brooklyn in the 1950s, a time of Elvis & Marilyn, communist scares & polio vaccines, Jewish migration & American integration. When Hannah Eisen, a successful journalist, interviews Rabbi Nathan Mandel, a controversial Talmud professor, she persuades him to teach her the mysteries of the text forbidden to women—even though it might cost him his job if discovered. Secret meetings and lively discussions bring the two to the edge of a line that neither dares to cross, as their relationships with each other and Judaism are tested.

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BN ID: 2940160975153
Publisher: Banot Press
Publication date: 05/17/2022
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Sales rank: 124,894
File size: 833 KB

About the Author

Maggie Anton is an award-winning author of historical fiction, as well as a Talmud scholar with expertise in Jewish women's history. She was born Margaret Antonofsky in Los Angeles, California, where she still resides. In 1992 she joined a women's Talmud class taught by Rachel Adler. There, to her surprise, she fell in love with Talmud, a passion that has continued unabated for thirty years. Intrigued that the great Jewish scholar Rashi had no sons, only daughters, she started researching the family and their community.

Thus, the award-winning trilogy, "Rashi's Daughters," was born, to be followed by National Jewish Book Award finalist, "Rav Hisda's Daughter: Apprentice" and its sequel, "Enchantress." Then she switched to nonfiction, winning the Gold Ben Franklin Award in the religion category for "Fifty Shades of Talmud: What the First Rabbis Had to Say about You-Know What," a lighthearted in-depth tour of sexuality within the Talmud. Her latest work is "The Choice: A Novel of Love, Faith and the Talmud," a fair-use transformative derivative of Chaim Potok’s early novels.

Since 2005, Anton has lectured about the research behind her books at hundreds of venues throughout North America, Europe and Israel. She still studies women and Talmud, albeit mostly online. Her favorite Talmud learning sites are Daf Shevui and Mishna Yomit, provided daily via email by the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem

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