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Vibrant Historical Tale

“Midwife of Venice” by Roberta Rich is a vibrant tale of 16th century Venice and the trials and tribulations of a Jewish couple living in an era of Christian persecution. Hannah Levi is a much sought after mid-wife who created secret ‘birthing spoons’ to help reluctant babies to be born.  Her husband, Isaac, has been captured and enslaved in Malta.  When a Christian count requests her assistance with his wife’s protracted birth she agrees, even though she knows it is against the law, because she will earn enough to ransom her husband back.  Continue reading

A Story as Old as Time

the red tent

“The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant is the story of Dinah, the daughter of Jacob and Leah.  Her story in the bible is but a brief, violent chapter in the book of Genesis.  Jacob’s twelve sons are much better known.  Particularly Joseph – of the Technicolor Dreamcoat. Continue reading