Suggested Discussion Questions:
1. What type of information does Gratz report to her friend and what information does she seek in return?
2. What aspects of this letter are similar to correspondence between friends today? What aspects are specific to the time period?
3. How did the fragility of life in this time period affect personal relationships? How do you think it shaped communal concerns?
4. How do you think this letter might have been different if it had been written from one man to another?
For further information about Rebecca Gratz, see Jewish Women's Archive "Women of Valor" exhibit at http://jwa.org/womenofvalor/gratz