Rabbi David S. Widzer

Jacob Awakens to the Sexual Assaults Suffered by His Children

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Paul Kipnes

In Parashat Vayeishev , we read that Joseph suffers sexual harassment at the hands of Potiphar’s wife. Joseph is the patriarch Jacob’s second child to face sexual violence, after his daughter Dinah was raped ( Gen. 34). In this midrashic monologue, we wonder how Jacob reacted to the news of what happened to Dinah: