The Jewish Book Council recommends the book, Osnat and Her Dove, by Sigal Samuel.
In sixteenth-century Mosul (in today’s Iraq), there lived a Jewish girl who longed to be a Torah scholar. Facing discouraging obstacles, but gifted and persistent, she would not surrender her dreams to a life of enclosed domesticity. That girl was Osnat Barzani (1590−1670), and a new picture book written by Sigal Samuel and illustrated by Vali Mintzi relates the true story of the extraordinary woman’s life.
Educators can use this book to teach about the history of female rabbis and the challenges they faced.