In her new novel, The Weight of Ink (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Rachel Kadish ’91 tells of two women separated by centuries. Ester Velasquez is an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi just before the plague hits his city in the 1660s. Helen is an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history. The novel tells the story of the choices and sacrifices the two women must make in order to reconcile the life of the heart and mind.