Feb

9 2023

The Choice: A Novel of Love, Faith and the Talmud with Maggie Anton

6:45PM - 7:45PM  

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires 196 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-442-4360

Contact Rabbi Daveen Litwin
4134424360
dlitwin@jewishberkshires.org

Via zoom.  Register HERE.

Jewish Literary Voices: A Jewish Federation of the Berkshires Series in collaboration with the Jewish Book Council

A powerful love story with a purpose: to challenge Jewish customs concerning women, marriage, and equality.

Join in conversation with award-winning author of Rashi's Daughters, Maggie Anton, who has written a wholly transformative novel that takes characters inspired by Chaim Potok and ages them into young adults in Brooklyn in the 1950s, a time of Elvis & Marilyn, communist scares & polio vaccines, Jewish migration & American integration. When Hannah Eisen, a successful journalist, interviews Rabbi Nathan Mandel, a controversial Talmud professor, she persuades him to teach her the mysteries of the text forbidden to women—even though it might cost him his job if discovered. Secret meetings and lively discussions bring the two to the edge of a line that neither dares to cross, as their relationships with each other and Judaism are tested.

Mag­gie Anton is an award-win­ning author of his­tor­i­cal fic­tion, as well as a Tal­mud schol­ar with exper­tise in Jew­ish wom­en’s his­to­ry. Intrigued that the great Jew­ish schol­ar Rashi had no sons, only daugh­ters, she researched the fam­i­ly and their com­mu­ni­ty. Thus the award-win­ning tril­o­gy, Rashi’s Daugh­ters, was born. Since 2005, Anton has lec­tured about the research behind her sev­en books at hun­dreds of venues through­out North Amer­i­ca, Europe and Israel. 

Purchase the book here and a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to the local Bookstore in Lenox.

    

Sponsor: Jewish Federation of the Berkshires and the Jewish Book Council