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Dinah: (a) Daughter of Jacob and Leah. Abducted and violated by Shechem the son Hamor, and rescued by her brothers Simeon and Levi. (b) A common Jewish name.
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The classical interpretation is that Leah and Dinah’s behavior is being condemned as unbecoming the Jewish woman’s virtue of “innerness.” But a careful analysis of the source texts shows the very opposite to be the case . . .
“And Dinah the daughter of Leah who was born to Jacob went out to see the daughters of the land.” Rashi explains “The daughter of Leah”, similar to Leah; she went out and left the house. Why the negative explanation?
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The women in Abraham’s family were abducted (or nearly abducted) no less than four times . . .
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There is only one incident of sexual abuse that is recorded explicitly in the Torah. It is quite a tragic read, and the repercussions are curiously significant.
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