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The Bruria Affair – A Woman in a Man’s World

Hosted By: London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS)

The Truth Behind the Infamous Talmudic Incident
She is the poster woman for Jewish feminism and women’s Torah study. Schools have been named for her, responsa written against her. She’s been hailed as a heroine and denounced as an adulteress, held up as exemplar and as cautionary tale.

But who was she, Bruria the Tannaite, the only female sage of the Talmud? How do we come to have such conflicting accounts of her? And why does her story end so tragically? Explore the truth behind the Bruria affair, through the Tosefta and Talmud, Greek tragedy and medieval commentary, Homer and Shakespeare and Virginia Woolf.

22.1: A Woman with the Soul of a Man

29.1: The Curious Incident of Bruria’s Transgression

5.2: Rashi’s Elusive Source

12.2: A Woman in a Man’s World

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