Maggie Anton was born Margaret Antonofsky in Los Angeles,
California, where she still resides. Raised in a secular,
socialist household, she reached adulthood with little knowledge
of her Jewish religion. All that changed when David Parkhurst,
who was to become her husband, entered her life, and they both
discovered Judaism as adults. That was the start of a lifetime
of Jewish education, synagogue involvement, and ritual
observance. This was in addition to raising their children,
Emily and Ari, and working full-time as a clinical chemist for
Kaiser Permanente for over 30 years.
In 1992 Anton joined a women's Talmud class taught by
Rachel Adler, now a professor at Hebrew Union College in Los
Angeles. To her surprise, she fell in love with Talmud, a
passion that has continued unabated for twenty years. Intrigued
that the great Talmudic scholar Rashi had no sons, only
daughters, Anton researched the family and decided to write
novels about them. Thus the award-winning trilogy, Rashi's
Daughters, was born, to be followed by National Jewish Book
Award finalist, Rav Hisda's Daughter: Apprentice and its sequel, Enchantress.
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Still studying women and Talmud, Anton has lectured
throughout North America and Israel about the history behind her
novels. Her most recent effort is the Ben Franklin Award winner for Religion, Fifty Shades of Talmud: What the First Rabbis Had to Say about You-Know-What, a light-hearted look at our Sages's surprisingly progressive views on sexuality