Vayishlach: Bar Mitzvah and Terrorism



More Jews stabbed and slaughtered. What is going on?

Young men and women stabbed to death on the highways, byways and holy streets of Israel. What can we do?

Perhaps the timeless cliché, “the pen is mightier than the sword,” is true, but that’s only if you live someplace where it’s safe to pick up the pen. If not, you must first pick up the sword.

As usual, this week’s Torah reading has something to say about that very subject. The story of the violation of Dinah, and the contrast between Jacob’s response and that of Simon and Levi, teaches us everything we need to know to respond to and uproot the terror and evil of today.

Believe it or not, it all has to do with Bar Mitzvah.


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