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A Woman's Sensitivity

A Woman's Sensitivity

Bruriah's Attitude to Sinners

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Certain people were causing considerable distress to Rabbi Meir, a great Jewish sage who lived during the time of the Mishna. Rabbi Meir begged G‑d for mercy and prayed for their death.

His wife, Bruriah, was a scholarly woman quoted in the Talmud multiple times. She asked him, “Why do you pray for their death? Is it because King David prayed for the death of sinners, ‘Let sinners cease from the this earth’? That interpretation is mistaken. The verse actually says ‘sins,’ not ‘sinners,’ which refers to the things that cause people to sin! Instead of praying for their death, pray that they repent and turn away from their wickedness.”

Rabbi Meir accepted his wise wife’s words. The sinners ultimately repented. (Brachot 10a).

Bruriah was sensitive to the holy spark within each person that can always find its way back to its Creator.

Illustrations by Chassidic artist Michoel Muchnik.
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Anonymous USA August 20, 2013

Thank you Thank you for publishing articles on Jewish heroines and women of valor. It is inspirational to read about special foremothers besides those mentioned in the Tanach Reply

Victoria Stiles Australia August 20, 2013

Am so grateful to have stumbled upon this page, as I've been searching for women of like-mindedness and of the same heart. THANK YOU for these marvellous gems. Shalom. Victoria Reply

Anonymous USA August 19, 2013

A Woman's Sensitivity As a woman, that is the way I feel. We usually pray for "sinners" to be eradicated from this world when it should be the other way around. It is peoples actions that are bad, sometimes. Our prayers should be that they turn their hearts to Hashem, blessed be He, so that they can change for their good. It is up to the Almighty G-d to do the work. Not ours. If sinners repent or not, it is up to G-d to judge them. But we need, I belief, to separate when other do not make the effort. All we can do is to advise them in the path of Torah. It is up to them to follow. We as human are not miracle workers. We personally need to strive to become better people with the help of the Almighty. B''H Reply

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