Jewish women have never been required to study the Torah and Talmud. For this reason, in the Middle Ages, they did not learn Hebrew. Most of them could do no more than write their names in Hebrew letters and perhaps read simple blessings. Nevertheless, there are records of scholarly Jewish women in the Middle Ages, notably ones from rabbinical families. Reds, the daughter-in-law of Rabbi Isserlein from Wiener Neustadt, studied with an old man named Yudel Sofer. A letter has survived from Schoendlein, wife of Rabbi Isserlein, in which she gives advice to another woman who had a problem that she did not wish to discuss personally with the rabbi.