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The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
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Jun 14, 07

bookshelves: gddess-worship, jewish-studies, womens-studies, religion-theology, sociology-anthropology
Recommended for: everyone. (esp. Jews and Xtians)
Read in June, 2007

i can't remember the last time a book made me cry. (Midrash, gotta love it) ;-)

the only people i have ever met, who actually believed Dinah was "raped" (as recorded in the Bible) have been men...

granted, that might say something about the circles i tend to move in (hasidic) and our propensity for personal interpretation of the scriptures (to an embarrassing degree, at times) but any woman, rebbetzin/wife/mother/sister/otherwise, which i have discussed this story with (speaking of the scripture) mirrored my smirk right back at me, and said the same as i did "i bet she fell in love.. i bet she wasn't raped at all"....

the conversation quickly turning to "women as possessions of men", "unmarried women's bodies belonging to fathers", and of course: sex with a virgin, equals rape.....

men being the ones who were working as scribes through the years, and "Word of G-d" or not, it wasn't HaShem who was dotting every yod and crossing every dalet for the past 2 thousand years, so who even knows what really *did* happen to Dinah, seeing as *all* of her story (except the small, horrible, little blurb) had been left out of sight for so long.... and what she might actually say for herself today, if she were here to ask... well, read the book.
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message 1: by Gudi (new)

Gudi You already know, Mama likie this one ;)
History without the whole boringness of it all;)


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