Book Review | Rashi’s Daughter, Secret Scholar
by Maggie Anton

Score: 4

In this engaging and educational book, we learn about life during Rashi’s time – 11th century France. The historical acuracy appears to have been well researched. With only daughters, and independent, demanding ones at that, Rashi must struggle with the baoundaries of his Torah and Talmud knowledge and his need to educate them. He decides to teach them, Hebrew, Torah and Talmud, but he will not teach them to swim. We see his daughters – and their mother – struggle with the desire to be independent, free thinking individuals at a time when that was not only not acceptable, but dangerous. The decisions and compromises made by all parties are interesting and will provoke many discussions.

I highly recommend this book for Jewish libraries.

Grade Level: 4th-8th

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