Acclaimed author Maggie Anton, author of Rav Hisda’s Daughter and the Rashi’s Daughters trilogy, will talk about Rav Hisda’s daughter, who was one of the most frequently mentioned women in the Talmud, about life for Jews and women in Zoroastrian Persia as Rav Hisda and his colleagues established Jewish laws and practices after the destruction of Jerusalem’s Temple, and about Babylonian sorcery and incantation bowls.
She will speak at the Park Slope Jewish Center, located at 8th Avenue and 14th Street in Park Slope, at 1PM. Free to members, suggested donation of $10 for the public.
Anton, a clinical chemist by profession and member of a Reform synagogue in Southern California, was raised in a secular Socialist home. She first studied Talmud in 1992, with Rabbi Rachel Adler. Just a few years later she began writing Rashi’s Daughters, and Anton has subsequently become one of the most popular interpreters of Talmud for modern readers.
Babylonian snacks will be served at the reception, where Rav Hisda’s Daughter: Book 1 will be available for sale. Cash and checks accepted; no credit cards.