When Dinah was wronged by Shechem, what was the sin for which she was punished? And also why was Shechem not punished?
Now, Shechem was punished; it says openly that they slew him by the sword. If they cut his head off, that’s a punishment.
And Dinah was punished because ותצא דינה … לראות בבנות הארץ – Dinah went out … to look at the daughters of the land (Vayishlach 34:1). That’s a great error! A Jewish daughter should not mingle with any others. At night, a Jewish child should not go out in the street. The street, even in the better days, was a gehinom. Today it is a gehinom sh’begehinom but even fifty years ago, if a parent allowed their child to walk out in the street at night, the child was going to mingle now with goyim, or with wicked Jews, it’s the fault of the parent and the child.
And therefore, although Dinah’s intentions to a certain extent were good; I’m sure Dina went out to see what she could she do for the daughters of the land. Because her father Yaakov was always preaching about Hashem; wherever he went he was ויקרא בשם השם –– he spoke about Hashem all the time just like his father and grandfather did. And so she went out to see; maybe she on her own could do something for the daughters of the land. Maybe she could make some kind of a little party, and teach them about the Creator; make a brocha on something and teach them that He is the one Who really created it.
But you don’t teach swimming lessons unless you can swim yourself. And you don’t try to teach other people when you are not impervious, when you are susceptible to bad influences.
There’s a man he calls me up, he has a relative, a girl, and he wants to teach her to be frum. So I told him, “Forget about it!” It says אברהם מגייר את האנשים – Avraham was converting the anashim, the men, not the nashim. Men don’t try to convert women. It’s a dangerous business!
And therefore Dina was not able to swim yet and she went out to save somebody else. She went out לראות בבנות הארץ, to see the girls of the land. Don’t look at the daughters of the land! You’re looking for trouble. Even if you’re sitting in your homes and you’re looking at them on television, it’s the same thing; you’re endangering your life. Not only your neshama; you’re endangering your life. Television is a sakana for life. Everybody knows that children are losing their lives because of television. They learn to do violent and dangerous things and their lives are ruined by the examples they see.
Anybody who has a television in his home today is a reckless parent; he doesn’t care. He’s entirely irresponsible! Not only for his children but for himself too. You have to take yourself in hand. And the first thing to do if you are a decent person is to take the television and give it a heave through the second story window. That’s number one.
And I don’t mean maybe. Anybody who persists today in having a television today – I don’t care how old you are. You’re going to say, “Well, it’s not going to spoil me anymore.” That means you are so spoiled that it can’t do you harm anymore. But I’m telling you, no matter how spoiled you are, you are becoming worse.
And I don’t care what you say. I know a lot of people, Othodox people, have televisions and they ridicule me when they hear this admonition. But that’s not my fault; I’m doing my duty. But they have to know that there is a very big question about their portion in Olam Haba. הקורא בספרים חיצוניים אין לו חלק לעולם הבא. And television is the essence of sefarim chitzoni’im – it’s much worse because when you see it live, when you see it in action, in color, it has a terrible influence on the mind. I’m very much afraid about those peoples’ chelek in Olam Haba. I don’t care how frum they are; because in their pniyimos, inside of them, they should know they are corroded; they are rotten through and through – no matter how they try to be good.
And therefore when Dina went out, although she did it with a good purpose, but her purpose backfired. Because you have to be prepared if you want to change other people; otherwise they are going to change you.
TAPE # 843