We will discuss Rashi's Daughters, Book I: Joheved: A Novel of Love and the Talmud in Medieval France, by Maggie Anton. (See below)
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The CTJ Book Club meets every other month when we engage in a spirited discussion about a book with a Jewish author, Jewish content, Israeli history, or something else tied to the Jewish journey.
More about the book:
In 1068, the scholar Salomon ben Isaac returns home to Troyes, France, 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 secretly teaching Talmud to his daughters.
Joheved, the eldest of his three girls, finds her mind and spirit awakened by religious study, but, knowing the risk, she must keep her passion for learning and prayer hidden. When she becomes betrothed to Meir ben Samuel, she is forced to choose between marital happiness and being true to her love of the Talmud.
Talmud is an integral part of this novel; readers will learn along with Rashi's daughters as he explains selected texts. It's 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.