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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