Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Rachel

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Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

Rachel
Flourished late 11th century, Troyes, France

Rachel was the daughter of Rabbi Shlomo Yitzhaqi (1040–1105), a leading scholar and interpreter of the Talmud, the book of Jewish rabbinical law. Rashi, as he is commonly known, gave his daughters a thorough religious education, not available to many women at the time. Rachel married a Talmudic scholar and most likely aided her father in his work.

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