Life, Love and Talmud in Medieval France
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Book III RACHEL - The dramatic final book in the epic trilogy
Salomon’s favorite and adored by her husband, Eliezer. But everything
she holds dear is threatened as the marauders of the First Crusade
massacre the Jews of Germany and her father suffers a stroke. Eliezer
wants them to move to the safety of Spain, but Rachel is determined to
stay in France and help her family save the Troyes yeshiva, the only
remnant of the great Talmud academies.
achievement. You will not be able to put this book down, and may even
find yourself rushing off to study Talmud. --Judith Hauptman, Professor
of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture, Jewish Theological Seminary; author of
Rereading the Rabbis, A Woman’s Voice.
|Book II MIRIAM - The engrossing
historical series continues
Having no sons, Salomon continues to teach his daughters the
intricacies of the Talmud in an era when such scholarship for women was
unheard of. Miriam, a midwife and a mohel—performing
circumcisions—cannot foresee how she will be tested. Especially when a
handsome and learned suitor arrives in Troyes, one who struggles with a
secret that, if revealed, would expose them both to ruin.
a tour de force with this second book … [Readers] will fly
through the pages and come away wishing for more.”-- Library Journal, starred review
|Book I JOHEVED - The book that
started it all
In 1068, the scholar
Salomon ben Isaac returns home 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 teaching it to his
daughters. Joheved, her mind and spirit awakened, knows the risk and
keeps her learning hidden. When she weds, must she choose between
marital happiness and her love of Talmud?
"A forceful novel of the power of learning, faith, and the
two sides of love.” -- Midwest Book Review
"This carefully researched work of fiction provides a rare glimpse into
the little-known medieval Jewish world in which Rashi lived and
worked." --Naomi Ragen, author of The Covenant and The Ghost of
|Prequel SECRET SCHOLAR - for ages 9-14
Joheved has a secret … she
is no ordinary girl. Smart and independent, her life changes when her
father, Salomon ben Isaac, begins teaching her Talmud. But Joheved
hides her passion for learning - even from her betrothed. How long can
she continue her deception and what will happen when, inevitably, her
scholarship is revealed?
“Teenage readers will relate to Joheved as she questions her
society’s expectations, seeks love, and grows into adulthood.” --Deborah Bodin Cohen, rabbi and author of Lilith’s Ark:
Teenage Tales of Biblical Women (National Jewish Book Award Winner).