The Statue of the Maharal in Prague.
(photo credit: WIKIMEDIA)
In our previous columns, we noted how the Bible regularly condemns notions of collective punishment. Yet this sentiment seems to be contradicted in two Biblical passages – one, regarding the city of Shechem and the other a so-called “wayward city.”In the first incident, Levi and Simeon killed the men of Shechem after its leaders violated their sister Dinah. Jacob criticized his sons for endangering their ability to live in tranquility amongst other Canaanites. The brothers responded, “Should our sister be treated like a whore?”
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