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Built on seven years of exhaustive historical research and ten years of Talmud study, "Rashi's Daughters" explores what might have been, weaving actual events, as described in responsa literature and Talmud commentaries, into an account of the lives of these amazing women. Talmud is an integral part of these novels; readers will learn along with Rashi's daughters as he explains selected texts. This is also the story of the medieval French Jewish community, how they lived, loved, worked, ate, prayed and interacted with their non-Jewish neighbors. A wealth of material about Jewish women's daily lives is provided, including how they observed life cycle events and holidays.
I wrote this book because I wanted to share my research into Jewish women's lives in medieval France, how the prosperity and tolerance they enjoyed differed from the negative stereotypes usually associated with the Middle Ages. In addition, I wished to encourage women to study Talmud, the foundation of Jewish Law that, until very recently, women have been unable to access. I hoped to share the excitement and pleasure Talmud study can engender.
Loved this book. Even though I know it was historical fiction I loved the knowledge about the Talmud that I acquired as well as a glimpse into the lives of Jocheved and her... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ribbit
Joheved, the daughter of a Jewish scholar finds herself caught between her parents when she desires to learn Talmud. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary E. Young
Fascinating historical detail about Jewish life in a French town in the early middle ages.Published 2 months ago by Rakker
Was excited when I saw this book, but was disappointed when reading. It takes far too much liberty with certain aspects of relationships. Read morePublished 4 months ago by H. Griffin
I found this to be as excellent way to study in a novel and interesting way (rather than dry) form. Can't wait to read books 2 and 3Published 6 months ago by Lois Banning
This book was recommended to me by a friend who loved it. It was a little bit to religious for me, though the
characters were very well portrayed.