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Maggie Anton

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Talmud study, ancient Jewish magic, Jewish women

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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. In 2006, Anton retired from being a clinical chemist in Kaiser Permanente's Biochemical Genetics Laboratory to become a fulltime writer.

In the early 1990's, Anton learned about a women's Talmud class taught by Rachel Adler, now a professor at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. She became intrigued with the idea that Rashi, one of the
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Maggie Anton I am not ready to "officially" announce my new book, but I can say that it is definitely progressing. For those who missed my previous blog posts on t…moreI am not ready to "officially" announce my new book, but I can say that it is definitely progressing. For those who missed my previous blog posts on the subject in late October and early November, it is completely different from my previous books. First, it's short, about 15,000 words as compared to my historical novels’ length of over 150,000 words. Second, it’s nonfiction. Third, it will have illustrations/cartoons.

However it continues my focus on Talmud and my desire to write books that both entertain and enlighten. I hope it will again encourage women and unorthodox Jews of all genders to study Talmud.

As for progress – we now have a finished cover design and the manuscript has been sent off for copyediting. Still working on new websites, an Amazon description, and finding appropriate folks to write a blurb. If you think you’re someone whose praise would make an appropriate blurb, and you'd be willing to read an ARC for this purpose, please let me know asap.

Scheduled pub date is March 2016.(less)
Maggie Anton Write on a subject you're passionate about; your enthusiasm will shine through and you'll love writing about it. If you want to sell the books you wri…moreWrite on a subject you're passionate about; your enthusiasm will shine through and you'll love writing about it. If you want to sell the books you write, know your audience and how to reach them. Don't assume that they'll find you.(less)
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“She was approaching forty. She was overweight. She made no effort to enhance her personal appearance. Given cultural standards, she'd made herself invisible. Ours is a society in which slimness and beauty are equated with status, where youth and charm are rewarded and remembered with admiration. Let a woman be drab or slightly overweight and the collective eye slides right by, forgetting afterward... The ultimate disguise because, aside from the physical, she'd adopted the persona of the servant class. Who knows what conversations she'd been privy to straightening the bed pillows, changing the sheets. She'd run the household, served canapés, and freshened the drinks while the lords and ladies of the house had talked on and on, oblivious to her presence because she wasn't one of them.”
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“Azariel didn't know what to say. Most Frenchmen preferred voluptuous women - whose ample breasts proved how well the next generation would be nurtured, between whose thighs they would take their pleasure. Women, in turn, dressed to appear as plump and fruitful as possible. Some even wore neckbands that, when pulled tight, made their chins look doubled. What kind of man wouldn't want a full-figured wife?”
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“The beauty of Rav Yohanan is not mentioned because Rav Yohanan did not have splendor of face (a beard).”
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“Rav Hisda nodded. “Despite the dangers, people continue to travel, often for long distances. This is what you would inscribe on an amulet for your brother to protect him on a journey.

“May it be Your will, Adonai Savaot, that You conduct Tachlifa bar Haviva in peace, direct his footsteps in peace, and uphold him in peace. Deliver him from the hand of every foe and ambush along the way. Send blessing on his handiwork and grant him grace, loving-kindness, and mercy in Your eyes and in the eyes of all who behold Tachlifa bar Haviva. Blessed are You, Adonai, who harkens unto prayer. Amen. Amen. Selah.”
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“Rav Hisda nodded. “Despite the dangers, people continue to travel, often for long distances. This is what you would inscribe on an amulet for your brother to protect him on a journey.

“May it be Your will, Adonai Savaot, that You conduct Tachlifa bar Haviva in peace, direct his footsteps in peace, and uphold him in peace. Deliver him from the hand of every foe and ambush along the way. Send blessing on his handiwork and grant him grace, loving-kindness, and mercy in Your eyes and in the eyes of all who behold Tachlifa bar Haviva. Blessed are You, Adonai, who harkens unto prayer. Amen. Amen. Selah.”
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“In all our lives, there are days that we wish we could see expunged from the record of our very existence. Perhaps we long for that erasure because a particular day brought us such splintering sorrow that we can scarcely bear to think of it ever again. Or we might wish to blot out an episode forever because we behaved so poorly on that day - we were mortifyingly selfish, or foolish to an extraordinary degree. Or perhaps we injured another person and wish to disremember the guilt. Tragically, there are some days in a lifetime when all three of those things happen at once - when we are heartbroken and foolish and unforgivably injurious to others, all at the same time.”
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