Reviews for Book III Rachel
|With only scraps of information
about Rashi’s daughters, Anton has brought these three women to life. A
stunning achievement. You will not be able to put this book down and
you may even find yourself rushing off to study Talmud. So curl up in
your favorite chair and savor every moment.
--Judith Hauptman, E. Billi Ivry Professor of Talmud and Rabbinic
Culture, Jewish Theological Seminary; author of Rereading the
Rabbis, A Woman’s Voice.
| "Rashi’s Daughters: Rachel
is an enlightened, empowering, and engaging journey of Rashi’s youngest
daughter Rachel, who enacts the forbidden during the Middle
Ages—studying and teaching Talmud as a female. Thought-provoking,
research-rich, psychologically complex, Rachel is a mirror of our own
hearts and minds, a tale of pathos that awakens the tenderest of
emotions, even if time separates us by nine hundred years.""
--Elissa Elliott, author of Eve: A Novel of the First Woman
|"Imaginative and talented novelists have the ability to shed
fresh light on corners of history otherwise inaccessible. Maggie
Anton’s new book, Rashi’s Daughters: Rachel, takes us once
again into the Medieval Jewish world of love and learning and the love
of learning. One can only be grateful for such an intriguing and
--Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, Professor of Bible, Hebrew Union College –
Jewish Institute of Religion; editor of The Torah: A Women’s
Commentary (Winner of National Jewish Book Award).
| "This third book of Maggie Anton’s brilliantly original
trilogy is a page-turning delight. I’m dazzled by the clever ways in
which Anton integrates poignant depictions of Rashi’s third daughter
with obscure yet wonderfully pertinent Talmud texts, fun details about
ancient medicines and the complexities of wool weaving, a gripping
portrayal of the horrors of the Crusades, and descriptions about the
vivid intellectual world of medieval Spain. Knowing this is the last of
the trilogy leaves you with no choice but to make Rashi himself your
friend, and study Bible and Talmud with his guidance all over again –
or for the first delectable time."
-- Miriyam Glazer, Professor of Literature, American Jewish University;
author of Psalms of the Jewish Liturgy: A Guide to their Beauty,
Power and Meaning