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Set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi just before the plague hits the city, and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history.
When Helen is summoned by a former student to view a cache of newly discovered seventeenth-century Jewish documents, she enlists the help of Aaron Levy, an American graduate student as impatient as he is charming, and embarks on one last project: to determine the identity of the documents’ scribe, the elusive ‘Aleph’.
Electrifying and ambitious, The Weight of Ink is about women separated by centuries — and the choices and sacrifices they must make in order to reconcile the life of the heart and mind.
On February 7 Rabbi Barbara Symons of Temple David will lead two discussions of The Weight of Ink at Monroeville Public Library — a morning discussion at 10:00 a.m. and an evening discussion at 7:00 p.m. The discussions are free and open to the public. Please join us!
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