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The Torah does not command individual violence. Ever. Actually, the penalty for individual violence is rather severe - and even if nobody got killed, they violent person would be required to pay the victim damages, embarrassment, injury, medical expenses and loss of work. Even if the damage was unintentional, the rule is that a person is always responsible ...


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Rabbi Gil Student addresses the Rambam and Ramban's positions. The Ramban has been cited in other answers. An excerpt of the Rambam's position is below (Mishneh Torah, Hilkhos Melakhim 9:14) ...People in general are obligated by the Noachide code to establish courts to maintain justice. Since Shechem was unpunished for his crime, the city residents ...


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Here is what stuck with me in this Parasha: ( using Stone edition Chumash) Ch 34 v: 30 ' ... making me odious among the inhabitants of the land.' So, Yaakov was fearing the other residents of the land as well as their opinions..as they traversed, but then the men slew the city, note in Chapter 35 V5 " They set out and there fell a GODLY terror on the ...


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Targum Pseudo Jonathan 34:31 says that Simeon and Levi were using the city of Shechem as an example and a warning to any and all who would think of treating the daughters of Jacob in such a way. (This is echoed by the Yerushalmi Targum as well): And Shimeon and Levi answered, It would not have been fit to be said in the congregations of Israel that the ...


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See the lengthy Ramba"n discussion on Bresihit 34:13 He struggles with various aspects of this question, and why eventually Ya'akov cursed Shim'on and Levi's anger. There are three aspects to what Ramba"n states: He delves into a discussion of the responsibilities of B'nai Noach to establish a court and try people who violated certain crimes. Ramba"n lists ...


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Below are excerpts from Rav Shimshon Rafael Hirsch and his explanation as to why they reacted as they did. Note that Yaakov objected to this and did not accept their justification of "hora'as shah". See the full explanation in the 5 volume Hirsch Chumash. Rav Hirsch says on 34:25 Now the blameworthy part begins, which we need in no wise excuse. Had ...


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One suggestion is they killed the adult males because they should have applied the Noahide law of "Justice" on Shechem and did not. And which of the 7 Noahide laws did Shechem actually break? The immediate gut reaction would be that he broke the law of forbidden relationships but I am not so sure, as the normal "penalty" for raping a minor in Jewish law is ...



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