Bruria David

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Bruria David
Bruria David

1938 (age 80–81)
ResidenceJerusalem, Israel
Alma materColumbia University
OccupationFounder and dean, Beth Jacob Jerusalem
Years active1960s to present
Spouse(s)Rabbi Yonasan David
Parent(s)Rabbi Yitzchok Hutner
Rebbetzin Masha Lipshitz

Rebbetzin Bruria David (Hebrew: ברוריה דיויד‎) (born 1938)[1] is a Haredi Jewish rebbetzin and Torah scholar. She is the founder and dean of Beth Jacob Jerusalem (commonly known as BJJ), a prestigious Haredi religious girls seminary located in the Unsdorf neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel.[2] She is the only child of Rabbi Yitzchok Hutner, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin,[3] and the wife of Rabbi Yonasan David, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Pachad Yitzchok in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood.[4] Together with her husband and parents, she was on one of the airplanes hijacked by the Black September terrorists in 1970.

Early life and education[edit]

Rebbetzin David is the daughter of Rabbi Yitzchok Hutner and his rebbetzin, Masha Lipshitz.[4] Her parents married in 1933 and moved to Mandatory Palestine, but returned to New York a year later,[4] where Bruria was born.

She received her doctorate in history from Columbia University in 1971 as a student of Salo Baron. Her dissertation, titled The Dual Role of Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Chajes: Traditionalist and Maskil,[1] demonstrates a thorough mastery of the secondary material, and deals with Rabbi Chajes's relationships in the traditional world of Orthodox Judaism.[citation needed]


Rebbetzin David founded Beth Jacob Jerusalem (BJJ), also known as Machon Sarah Shneirer, in the early 1970s as a post high school seminary in Israel, which is geared for American and European graduates of Bais Yaakov who wish to pursue Torah study on an advanced academic level. Previously, she had a seminary in Esther Schonfeld of the East Side, and then in BYA. The seminary also provides professional training toward a teaching degree. Rebbetzin David personally interviews each applicant.

Black September hijacking[edit]

In 1970 Rabbi and Rebbetzin David accompanied Rebbetzin David's father and mother on a trip to Israel. During their return flight to New York on 6 September 1970, their plane was hijacked by the PFLP Palestinian terrorist organization. The terrorists freed the non-Jewish passengers and held the Jewish passengers hostage on the plane for one week, after which the women and children – including Rebbetzin David and her mother – were released and sent to Cyprus. The hijacked airplanes were subsequently detonated. The remaining 40-plus Jewish men – including Rabbi Hutner, Rabbi David, and two students accompanying Rabbi Hutner, Rabbi Meir Fund and Rabbi Yaakov Drillman – and male flight crew continued to be held hostage in and around Amman, Jordan; Rabbi Hutner was held alone in an isolated location while Jews around the world prayed for his safe return. Rabbi Hutner and Rabbi David were finally released on 26 September and flown to Nicosia, Cyprus. On 28 September Rabbi Hutner, Rabbi David, their wives and students were flown back to New York via Europe, and were home in time for the first night of Rosh Hashana.[5]


Together with her husband, Rabbi Yonasan David, Rebbetzin David edited the works of her father, entitled Pachad Yitzchok (Dread of Isaac).[6] The couple also compiled and published the official biography of Rabbi Hutner, entitled Sefer HaZikaron (Book of Remembrance).[7]


  1. ^ a b "The Dual Role of Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Chajes: Traditionalist and Maskil" (PDF). University Microfilms. 1971. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  2. ^ Ehrenpreis Meyer, Yaelle (1 April 2005). "Women's Torah Learning: Past, Present, and Future". Torah Mitzion. Archived from the original on November 7, 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  3. ^ Stolper, Pinchos (2005). Chanukah in a New Light. Israel Book Shop. p. 233. ISBN 1-931681-76-7.
  4. ^ a b c Bernstein, Dovid (6 December 2009). "Rav Aharon Schechter to Deliver Maamar Tonight for Rav Hutner's Yahrtzeit". Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  5. ^ Bin-Nun, Dov and Ginsberg, Rachel. "He Swallowed My Papers To Save Me". Mishpacha, 14 September 2011, pp. 34–43.
  6. ^ Pachad Yitzhok: Hilchos Dei'os Vechovos Halevavos, Volumes 1 - 10, Edited by Yonason David, published by Gur Aryeh Publications, Brooklyn, NY, USA.
  7. ^ Sefer HaZikaron: Biography of Rabbi Yitzchok Hutner. Published by Yeshiva Pachad Yitzchok, Jerusalem, Israel

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