Maggie Anton, the award-winning author of historical fiction series "Rashi's Daughters" will talk about the research behind her new book, Rav Hisda’s Daughter: A Novel of Love, the Talmud, and Sorcery, which just received a 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. Set in Babylonia and Roman Palestine during the Third Century, a critical period in the history of the four monotheistic religions, this historical novel focuses on rabbinic families struggling to establish new Jewish traditions in the aftermath of the destruction of Jerusalem’s Holy Temple, while at the same time Zoroastrian Persia battles Rome, fast becoming Christian, for world dominance. Against this backdrop, women excluded from their religion’s official hierarchy, including our heroine, find spirituality as enchantresses in the very land where the word ‘magic’ originated. Based on actual Talmud texts, Anton’s novel brings the world of the Talmud to life - from a woman's perspective.
Sponsored by the Rabbi Isaac Moseson Memorial Fund and the MBIEE Adult Education Program.
Refreshments courtesy of the Meyer Library of Keneseth Israel.