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1068, the scholar Salomon ben Isaac, today known as "Rashi,"
returns home to Troyes, France to take over the family winemaking
business and embark on a path that will indelibly influence
the Jewish world—writing the first Talmud commentary,
and secretly teaching these intricate discussions of Jewish
law to his daughters.
Joheved, the eldest of his three girls, finds her mind and spirit
awakened by religious study, but knowing the risk, 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.
Rich in period detail and drama, JOHEVED is a must read for
fans of Tracy Chevalier’s GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING.
“A forceful novel of the power of learning, faith, and
the two sides of love.”
--Midwest Book Review
enthralling and well-researched novel of women’s lives
in the Jewish world of eleventh century France. Blending authentic
passages of Talmudic argument with the imagined human dramas
of the household of the medieval scholar Salomon ben Isaac,
Rashi's Daughters entertains and educates. Readers will
eagerly await the promised second and third installments."
-- Judith R. Baskin, Director, Harold Schnitzer
Program in Judaic Studies at the Univ. of Oregon and author
of Midrashic Women: Formations of the Feminine in Rabbinic