They Called Her Rebbe
After a solitary girlhood, Chana Rochel argued with her father, rabbis, and yeshiva-bocher fiancée for the right to study the way men do, jettisoning “the noodle board,” in the words of I.B. Singer’s Yentl. The book—written with a slight pop-psychology bent—is part hagiography, part egalitarian soapbox, and seems aimed more for the gender studies classroom than the beach. But with the side story of Chana Rochel’s very long engagement (reader, she moved to Palestine instead), They Called Her Rebbe almost makes good on its pulpy cover.