Available July 2008
tale of a young girl who challenges conventions to engage in
Jewish learning. This book is intended for readers ages 9-14.
Joheved has a secret
She is no ordinary girl. Smart and independent, she wants more
from the world than what is permitted in 11th century France.
Her life changes when her father, Salomon ben Isaac (one day
to be known as Rashi, the great Jewish Bible and Talmud commentator),
begins secretly teaching her Talmud. But Joheved must keep her
passion for learning hiddeneven from her betrothed, Meir
ben Samuel. How long can she continue her deception and what
will happen when, inevitably, her scholarship is out in the
is a richly detailed evocation of a family, a place, and a way
. Like honey taken with study, Rashi's Daughter
makes learning sweet.
Karen Cushman, author of The Midwife's Apprentice (Newberry
Award Winner) and Catherine, Called Birdy (Newberry Award Finalist).
a picture of Jewish life in medieval France that is compelling
and relevant. Although she lived centuries ago, teenage readers
will relate to Joheved as she questions her society's expectations,
seeks love, and grows into adulthood."
Deborah Bodin Cohen, rabbi and author of Lilith's Ark:
Teenage Tales of Biblical Women (National Jewish Book Award