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Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Quick Vort
Parshas Vayishlach: Wiping Out the City of Shchem Created A Snowball of Trouble
Why did Yaakov think that one of the other nations residing in Eretz Yisroel would attack them after they wiped out Shchem? The family certainly proved its strength as it just warded off Eisav and his 400 men, and his two children single handedly wiped out a city. One of the Mefarshim say that Yaakov knew that no one would attack his family because Hashem protected them because they had a Bris Milah. After Shchem was decimated, even as they were still suffering from their Bris Milah, it was clear that a Bris Milah was no protection at all and Yaakov's family could be defeated as well.

Why was Yaakov afraid of this possible attack? The Chasam Sofer says that he was scared that he would need to murder people. With blood on his hands he wouldn't be able to fulfill his promise and dream of building a Matzeiva when he returned to Eretz Yisroel since someone with blood on their hands cannot build a Mizbei'ach. Similarly Dovid was unable to fulfill his life's dream of building the Bais HaMikdash.

Shimon and Levi answered this complaint that while causing blood on his hands is a risk they took, nevertheless if they didn't wipe out Shchem it would appear as if Dina went with Shchem willingly. If so the Yaakov would certainly be Pasul from bringing Korbonos since he was considered a Kohen and his daughter entered an illicit relationship.

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