Rabbi David S. Widzer

Jacob Awakens to the Sexual Assaults Suffered by His Children

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Paul Kipnes

November 14, 2018
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: