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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Biblical Rape of Dina vs Terror at The Trempiada

This week's Parshat Shavua, Torah Portion of the Week, Vayichi, doesn't have the "rape of Dina," but the terrible event is alluded to in Jacob's blessing of Simon and Levi. At the Shabbat Women's class I was at, we ended up discussing the topic of the rape.

  • Was Dina guilty, provocative by going out on her own in Shechem?
  • Was it Dina's fault?
  • Should she have been better guarded?
  • Didn't she realize that Shechem wasn't like her grandfather's compound?
  • Certainly it wasn't acceptable for girls to be wandering out by themselves....
I had no patience for that train of thought. Didn't her aunt and grandmother go out by themselves? I can just imagine that Jacob raised his growing family with stories of their real home, the Land his grandfather Abraham had gone to according to Gd's instructions, the Land that his father Isaac had never left. 

The rape was not Dina's fault.

And when a Jew is attacked by Arabs when waiting for a ride/tremp or a bus, it's not his/her fault either. 


We have to recognize that our enemies have different values and culture. They glorify terror and murder. I'm always chastising others who stand in the road and/or have their backs to the traffic. There are proper ways to wait for a tremp or bus,and there are ways that are asking for trouble. I don't think that Dina's trying to meet the other young women from Shechem was wrong. She was raped, and the rapist was the guilty party.

This was written a few days ago and was scheduled to post.

4 comments:

Mr. Cohen said...

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But history teaches otherwise: appeasement through territorial concession only strengthens the aggressor. In the run-up to World War II, Hitler understood this principle far better than did Chamberlain. The British Prime Minister served up Czechoslovakia to his German counterpart in exchange for peace, only to be repaid with war.

But there is an even more dangerous lesson that appeasement teaches:

It tells our enemy that there is no need to compromise with us.

Whether in Israel, Spain, or Britain, appeasement hands radical Islam all the cards and says that we will play by its rules, [and] that concessions will come from our side.”

SOURCE: They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It (Introduction Chapter, page 9) by Brigitte Gabriel, year 2008, year 2010, St. Martin’s Press, 288 pages, ISBN 0312571283, ISBN 9780312571283.

MICROBIOGRAPHY: Brigitte Gabriel, the author of They Must Be Stopped, is a Christian Arab, born in Lebanon. Arabic is her native language.

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Batya Medad said...

Yes

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Batya Medad said...

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