Genesis 34:31
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31  But they answered, “Should our sister be treated like a whore?”

va-yo-m’-RU hakh-zo-NAH ya-a-SEH et a-kho-TAY-nu

לא  וַיֹּאמְרוּ הַכְזוֹנָה יַעֲשֶׂה אֶת־אֲחוֹתֵנוּ׃

 34:31   Should our sister be treated like a whore

Yaakov’s sons argue with their father, who personifies peace and mercy, maintaining that in order to protect the family’s honor, there are times when use of the sword is necessary. It is through the Torah’s education, says Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, that the Jewish people have learned gentleness and humanity. But, this has not made the Jews a weak or cowardly nation. With Hashem’s help, the tiny State of Israel has time and again stood up successfully to her numerous enemies, through the courageous men and women of the Israel Defense Forces.

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  • In that day the " sons" were named, it is rare for a daughter to be " named" It would be very possible that Jacobs (actually 4) wives, had daughters in between having the sons, and in 34:9 daughters (plural) IS spoken for the first time. Simeon & Levi being FULL brothers had every right to do what they did but unlike Israel defending herself, always with The Lord in righteousness, against unrighteous acts done against her, the brothers were deceitful. We sow what we reap, so when Israel (Jacob) is ready to die and gives the family blessings, he rebukes the brothers for their deceitful violence. Today, though Israel does not possess all her rightful land, and is a tiny nation, with The God of Israel and dedicated leaders and dedicated soldiers, this tiny nation is very capable of defending herself, and being " a light on a hill" to the World.

  • Yes, I'd feel the same as well if it were either of my daughters. True too that Israel has the G-d given right to defend herself against any form of attack. Israel is not a nation of weak people, when knowing it is Hashem that takes them to battle it is he who give the victory, then and NOW! Time and time again He has done this.

  • Mess with the apple of God’s eye and you will feel his rath!!!! I have an 18 yr old daughter and feel the same way about her.

Genesis 34:31

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