We ask the following database query:
How are genealogies listed?
The reader is encouraged to perform the query using a standard Biblical Konnkordance or search engine.
This database query yields the list below.
The list justifies the following Rashi inference:
Genealogies are usually patriarchal. If a genealogy is not patriarchal
it emphasizes some special relationshiph. 'Dinah daughter of Leah'
emphasizes she learned how to handle men from her mother. 'Basmath sister of Nevayoth'
implies he helped raise her and get her married. 'Shimon and Levi the brothers of Dinah'
emphasizes they risked their lives to save her.
The list below presents the results of the database query.
Although there are several examples throughout the Bible there are
three in this weeks Parshah.
||Genealogy by ...
|| Shimon, Levi
|| Dinah's brother
|| They risked their lives for her
|| Sister of Nevayoth
|| He helped raise her/get her married
|| Daughter of Leah
|| She imitated her mother in male-female relations.
To further clarify this table we cite Gn34-01 which states
And Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she bore to Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.
A more thorough analysis would require showing the many verses where
genealogies are patriarchal (e.g. language of the form Dinah the daughter of Jacob.).The
reader is encouraged to read thru various chapters of the Bible and see how
people are described. There are about a dozen genealogy Rashis in the Torah.
Sermonic Points: See below in rule #9 where we discuss the unfair treatment
of Rashi in his analysis of Gn34-01. Rashi was not blaiming
Leah. Rather he was empathizing with her natural feelings of guilt on Dinah's
rape. Guilt is a feeling and can sometimes arise in a blameless
person. The feelings of guilt manifest themselves in thoughts such as the following:
I should have told her / talked to her more. There must have been something
I could have done. Maybe I should have been more discrete around the house. ...
As indicated such thoughts of guilt are normal. They occur throughout history. It is important for Jewish women to have a matriarchal role model to
help them deal with what they are going through.