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Parashat Vayishlach (December 1, 2012)
by Robyn Weinstein Cimbol

THE BIBLICAL TALE commonly referred to as “the rape of Dinah” generally is not part of a Religious School curriculum. It is disturbing, on many levels and for a variety of reasons even in the context of the accepted norms of that time. In preparing to write commentary on this portion, I was struck by the reality that we never hear from Dinah. Her experience is related in the third person. This is my attempt to give Dinah the voice she so justly deserves.

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Parashat Vayishlach
Poor Dinah; if only she knew that for thousands of years, her extended
family around the world has taken the time to think about her and empathize
with her unhappy lot. (But, talk about the tensions and effects of a
dysfunctional family, though.Can't we all feel just a little bit better
about our own?) Wendl K.

Wendl - November 26th


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