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? Join us as we exolore the truth behind the Bruria affair, through the Tosefta and Talmud, Greek tragedy and medieval commentary, Homer and Shakespeare and Virginia Woolf.
Gila Fine is editor in chief of Maggid Books (Koren Publishers Jerusalem). She is also a teacher of Aggada, exploring the tales of the Talmud through philosophy, literary criticism, psychoanalysis, and pop-culture. Gila is a faculty member of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, the Nachshon Project and Amudim Seminary, and has taught thousands of students at conferences, community centers, and synagogues across the Jewish world. Haaretz has called her “a young woman on her way to becoming one of the more outstanding Jewish thinkers of the next generation.”