Rashi’s Daughters is the story of the three sisters who lived in 11th century Troyes, France. Their father, Salomon ben Isaac, was a great Talmudic authority, who unfortunately had no sons. So, in an era when educating women in Jewish scholarship was unheard of, they were taught the intricacies of Mishnah and Gemara.
Joheved, the eldest, was a serious, practical and dutiful woman who held her own in a man’s world. Her passionate nature waited to be awakened by the right man. Miriam was more lively and daring, determined to bring new life safely into to the Troyes Jewish community as their midwife. Unlike her older sisters, Rachel, the baby, grew up after her father had achieved prominence and prosperity. A great beauty, she was adored and spoiled. Devoted to her father, she used her talents to successfully manage the family wine-making business.
This is the story of the sisters’ relationships with their husbands, friends and children. Talmud is an intregral part of this novel; readers will learn along with Rashi's students as he explains selected texts. This is also the story of the French Jewish community, how they lived, loved, worked, ate, prayed and interacted with their non-Jewish neighbors. This book is for people (both men and women) who love history, romance, and Judaism.