Dina's Story and the Rabbonim of Today - Leah Marinelli on Last Weeks Parsha
The following message came from The Awareness Center's Daily Newsletter:
The following comment was made by Board member Leah Marinelli on an article sent out "Question Authority - Case of Rabbi Yona Metzger"
Interesting point you brought up. In last week's parsha, the sons of Yaacov massacre the men in a whole town because their prince had raped and sodomed their sister Dina. Sounds terrible at first, but one of the commentaries points out that the townspeople did the worst sin in the world - they allowed their leaders to be evil. After all, they witnessed him dragging her against her will through the streets, and knew what he was doing to her while he kept her prisoner. Yet they did nothing. If people can't stand up and question the horrible behavior of their leaders, then we are choosing to be just like them. I know that you don't believe in capital punishment or revenge killing, but it is just an example.
I wonder what punishment is in store for the rabbis and the ignorant masses who ignore the suffering of the survivors of abuse when the facts are obvious in front of them?
- Leah Maranelli