Pesachim 62b – Berurya – An impressive woman

In yesterday’s daf we have mention of Berurya. It is worth noting the Koren ‘Personalities’ section that deals with this remarkable woman:-

Personalities

Berurya was the wife of the tanna Rabbi Meir and the daughter of the tanna Rabbi Hanina ben Teradyon, who was one of the ten martyrs. Berurya was renowned not only for her character and personality, but also for her extensive Torah knowledge. Her aptitude for Torah study exemplified her exceptional genius. She occasionally disagreed with several Sages of her generation, and the halakha was ruled in accordance with her opinion in certain disputes.

As a result of decrees of persecution, nearly all of Berurya’s family was martyred. Calamity continued to afflict her throughout her life. The Gemara relates how she conducted herself with exceptional courage when her two children died in a single day. From a story that is only alluded to in tractate Avoda Zara (18b) and explained in greater detail by Rashi, we know that her own death also came about in the wake of a series of painful events. Aside from a few halakhic statements, we find several places in the Talmud where Berurya’s modest and considerate characteristics manifested even through sharp responses to various people.

For a more detailed account of Berurya’s life see Rav Binyamin Lau’s excellent ‘The Sages – Volume III‘.

 

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