Maggie Anton is the award-winning author of
historical fiction series "Rashi's Daughters"
and "Rav Hisda's Daughter." She is a Talmud
scholar, with expertise in Jewish women's
history. Anton speaks to Jewish organizations
all over the country about the research behind
her novels. She is happy to join book groups by
speakerphone or Skype, as well as do
scholar-in-residence weekends, upon request.
Maggie Anton was born Margaret Antonofsky in
Los Angeles, California. 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.
Anton also worked full-time as a clinical
chemist in Kaiser Permanente's Biochemical
Genetics Laboratory for over 30 years.
In the early 1990's, Anton learned about a
women's Talmud class taught by Rachel Adler, now
a Rabbi and professor at Hebrew Union College in
Los Angeles. Nearly every Wednesday for five
years, she and about six other women met around
Rachel's dining room table to study the
Steinsaltz Hebrew edition of Tractate Berachot.
Teachers, tractates, locations and students
changed, but Wednesday remained Talmud night for
serious Jewish women scholars. Now
Anton continues her learning individually and
with a study-partner.
You can contact Maggie at email@example.com