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Douglas Biow, Director MEZ 3.126, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-3470

Film: Bruriah

Wed, April 14, 2010 • 7:00 PM • Mezes Hall, Basement level, Room: 0.306

Bruriah and her husband Rabbi Meir lived in the second century C.E., at which time the Rabbis declared that "women are light-minded." 

Bruriah, a most learned and intelligent woman, mocked their statement. In order to prove their justification, Rabbi Meir sent one of his students to seduce her. Bruriah was seduced and when she discovered that her husband had planned it, she committed suicide.This story infiltrates and creates turmoil in the life of a religious, Jerusalem family in 2008. The heroine of the film, who also bears the name Bruriah, struggles with a childhood trauma: a life of excommunication which was forced on her following the publication of her father's book on the same subject. Bruriah goes in search of the one copy of the book, which may have survived. Her husband opposes her quest. Bruriah's desire to find that copy represents a threat to the way of life that he has created for his family. But Bruriah is unwilling to give up. 

The search for the book becomes a crusade during which she faces the compromises she has made in her life, her desires, and her limitations. Her husband Yaacov, faced with no alternative, decides to prove to his wife that really "women are light-minded."

Sponsored by: Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, Texas Hillel


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