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June 25 , 7:30 pm
Under discussion will be “The Weight of Ink” by Rachel Kadish. Set in London of the 1660s and early 21st century, the novel is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam 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 17th-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.”
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