Life, Love and Talmud in Medieval France

Rashi's Daughters: Joheved

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[ISBN] 978-0-452-28862-1

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Book I: Joheved

In 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

An 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 Liberature

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