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I'll be signing at Book Soup on Sunday at 4 pm, if you live near there. Also I'll be speaking at Mishkon Tephilo on Aug 23. See my website for schedule []

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what's behind Tisha B'Av

Posted on July 20, 2010 at 10:29pm 0 Comments

Today was Tisha b'Av, the "black fast" as opposed to Yom Kippur's "white fast." One of three Jewish "holidays" that come from the Talmud, not the Torah [the other two are Purim and Hanuka], the origins of this mournful observance have roots in a far murkier past than the Talmud. According to Taanit 30b, " Five events befell our fathers on the Seventeenth of Tammuz and five on Tisha B'Av (the Ninth of Av). On the Seventeenth of Tammuz, the Tablets were broken, the Daily Offering ceased, the City… Continue

Historical novel, fantasy or both?

Posted on June 12, 2010 at 10:50pm 0 Comments

Speaking of "Prince of Persia" [which sort of takes place around the

time and location of my next novel], it looks like RAV HISDA'S DAUGHTER

may turn out to be a combination fantasy and historical novel. I've

finished reading about Roman Palestine and moved on to Sasanian

Babylonia, only to realize that while I was fairly knowledgeable about

Christianity and Roman mythology, I knew next to nothing about Persia's

state religion, Zoroastrianism. So that's the subject… Continue

Attending the International Society for Iranian Studies conference

Posted on June 6, 2010 at 3:58pm 0 Comments

Last Sunday I attended the ISIS, International Society for Iranian Studies, conference. Luckily it was meeting in Santa Monica, about 6 miles from my home. I sat in on a very informative panel about Sasanian times and met several scholars who are experts on my field of interest, 3rd-4th Century Babylonia. I found it amusingly appropriate that, after the conference was over, these erudite scholars on Iranian history headed off to see… Continue

The problem of slavery in Rav Hisda's time

Posted on May 20, 2010 at 11:27pm 0 Comments

I'm nearly finished reading Lynn Cohick's Women in the World of the Earliest Christians – Illuminating Ancient Ways of Life, and it has opened my eyes to a difficulty I will need to overcome when writing about both Roman Palestine and Babylonia in the 4th century. Both societies practiced slavery, and it appears that there were almost as many slaves as free people. Jews were no different from anyone else in this regard, and thus were both slaves and slaveholders. In general the wealthy… Continue

Israel after Constatine

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 11:16pm 0 Comments

Now that I'm safely back from my last book tour promoting BOOK III - RACHEL [speaking at 100 events between September 2009 and May 2010], I finally have a nice long stretch of uninterrupted time to get cracking on RAV HISDA'S DAUGHTER in a more organized fashion. But first I want to finish reading all the material I photocopied at the HUC and JTS libraries , after which I'll determine what information I'm… Continue

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At 1:08pm on August 24, 2009, Danny said…
Yes Maggie,I'm a Big Chabad Fan...WHAT A WASTE, YOU'RE NOT. You can join 'Georg von Starerman' in your wonderful thought's and deeds.
At 10:39am on August 20, 2009, Ruth Slater said…
Really enjoy your books, Maggie.Heard from friends who met you at the Pasadena ORT group what a pleasant time they had with you.
At 4:04pm on August 15, 2009, Maggie Anton said…
I'll be signing at Book Soup on Sunday at 4 pm, if you live near West Hollywood. Also I'll be speaking at Mishkon Tephilo in Venice on Aug 23 at 11 am. See my website for schedule []
At 9:10am on August 15, 2009, Yvonne Rose Beltzer (Sweeney) said…
I have not read your book, but it sounds very interesting, I particularly like genres about Jewish women.
At 7:14am on August 15, 2009, Shelly Lieff said…
Maggie, its nice to know you. Where do you live in WLA? I'm going to have to pick up a copy of your book, sounds fascinating. Best regards, Shelly Lieff
At 6:11am on August 15, 2009, Kay Ross said…
Congratulations on the book review. I haven't read the book, but will do my best to get a copy soon. I will suggest it to my Rosh Chodesh Group and to my Hadassah Chapter. I will also suggest it to my Yiddish Culture Club and my Synagogue family.
At 11:39pm on August 14, 2009, Sharon Baumgold said…
I feel the same way!
At 11:29pm on August 14, 2009, Rena Dictor LeBlanc said…
Hi Maggie:

Mazeltov on you book.
I co-authored a book with my late husband called "Suddenly Rich", true stories of what happens to people when the become rich "overnight". Unfortunately, it didn't happen to us.


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