Skip Navigation
Elizabeth A.Sackler Center for Feminist Art

Beruriah

Flourished 2nd century C.E., Palestine and Asia Minor

Beruriah (Bruriah) is the only woman mentioned in the Talmud, the book of Jewish rabbinical law, as a sage. The wife of Rabbi Meir, she was said to have challenged him often on the laws, most importantly teaching him to pray for the redemption of sinners rather than their destruction. The Talmud recounts several instances in which her interpretations of Jewish law were accepted over her male contemporaries.

Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). <em>The Dinner Party</em> (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography
Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

Related Place Setting

Related Heritage Floor Entries