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February 9, 2018  RSS feed

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During 2 stops here, author to reveal everything you always wanted to know about sex ... in the Talmud

Amusing. Seductive. Stimulating. We’re talking about the Talmud?

Author Maggie Anton makes the case in her newest book, Fifty Shades of Talmud: What the Rabbis had to Say About You-Know- What.

The book takes 50 Talmudic discussions, mixes in pithy quotes from comediennes Mae West and Amy Schumer to historical figures George Washington and Gandhi, adds a few cartoons, and produces a light-hearted, in-depth look at what the ancient Jewish sages say about our most intimate relationships.

Anton will make two appearances in Hillsborough County next month to discuss her book, one in Tampa and the other in Sun City Center.

During the programs, Anton will reveal how Jewish tradition, in many respects, is more progressive and more bawdy, than one might think.

The Tampa Ameet chapter of Hadassah invites the community to hear Anton at a program, “Talmud After Dark,” on Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 2713 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa.

On Thursday, March 8, at 11 a.m., the Beth Israel Sisterhood in Sun City Center will host Anton for coffee and conversation. The congregation is located at 1115 Del Webb Blvd.

Anton is the award-winning author of the historical fiction series Rashi’s Daughter and Rave Hisda’s Daughter. Considered a Talmud scholar, this is her first work of non-fiction. Anton grew up in a secular household and discovered Judaism as an adult, beginning a lifetime of Jewish education and observance.

After Anton’s Hadassah presentation there will be a question and answer period. Books will be available for purchase, and there will be a dessert buffet. Tickets are $25; $100 for patrons, which includes two tickets and a cocktail reception with the author. Proceeds will benefit Hadassah Hospital.

For further information, call event Co-Chairs Michele Norris (813) 352-8765 or Jane Strom (813) 334-6812.

For more information on Anton’s Sun City Center appearance, contact Rochelle Lafer at

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