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Bella Szwarcman-Czarnota’s talks about Biblical Tamar

This Wednesday, January 9th, the Austrian Cultural Forum (8 Próżna Street) will stage Bella Szwarcman-Czarnota’s lecture entitled ‘Strategie Tamar’, which is part of the series of lectures on Jewish women.


Tamar becomes a daughter-in-law of one of Jacob’s sons. According to the Levirate Law, widowed twice and childless Tamar should marry Judah’s third son. However, her father-in-law accuses her of the death of his sons. Afraid of losing his third son, he asks her to go back to her father’s house and wait until his youngest son grows up. However, this law was not met and Tamar’s social status is endangered. Therefore, the woman cunningly decides to fight for her rights.

Tamar means a date. Indeed, Tamar seems to be sweet but is stone hard deep inside. In the end, she gets what she wants. Bella Szwarcman-Czanorta will try to discuss her cunning nature. Or maybe Tamar succeeded simply thanks to good luck?

Bella Szwarcman-Czarnota – an editor in the philosophy section of Państwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe (Polish Scientific Publisher) for many years, and a worker at the Jewish Historical Institute Archive, the secretary of the ‘Biuletyn ŻIH’ bulletin editorial team. She currently works as an editor and a columnist in the ‘Midrasz’ monthly.