Life, Love and Talmud in Medieval France

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 engaging work."

--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

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