Egypt (Chapter 5)

Dinah is welcomed home to the loving arms of Kiya, Meryt, and Benia. Meryt makes Dinah a meal, and Dinah tells Meryt every detail of her trip to Thebes, and then she finally tells her life story. Her friend massages her feet and listens with a sympathetic ear. Later a message arrives from Joseph proclaiming the birth of his second son, and he sends Dinah bolts of fine linen. When Benia questions the gift, Dinah tells him every detail of her life while he holds her in his arms.

Being a generation older than Dinah, Meryt has had her time in the world and dies peacefully in bed surrounded by her family. They bury her in a hillside cave, and Meryt’s family gives Dinah the honor of the eldest aunt. That night Dinah dreams of Meryt in heaven, and this prompts dreams of each of Dinah’s mothers.

Years pass. One evening, Joseph shows up at Dinah and Benia’s door, begging his sister to accompany him on a visit to see their father, Jacob. Joseph does not want to make the trip, but Jacob wants to bless Joseph’s two sons. Reluctantly, Dinah submits and they travel to Jacob’s camp. Along the way, Dinah’s nephews Menashe and Efraem jump from the boat into a river, and their uncle Benia goes along with them. Benia teaches Dinah to swim, and she recalls her youth, crossing the rivers on the way to Canaan.

These sweet childhood memories turn dark when Dinah reaches Jacob’s camp and learns that although her father has blessed her nephews and has asked forgiveness from all her brothers, he has made no mention of her and has not repented for murdering her husband and his family. Dinah is only comforted when talking to her niece Gera, the daughter of Rachel’s youngest son, Benjamin. Gera believes that Dinah is simply one of Joseph’s servants, so she tells Dinah her family history. Dinah learns that the girl knows of the horrors caused by Simon and Levi and that the name “Dinah” is still known among the family. Before departing the camp, Judah approaches Dinah and reveals that he has not forgotten his sister. He gives her Rachel’s lapis ring, which Leah asked that Dinah receive.

Dinah and Benia return home, and Benia tells his wife that the ring symbolizes the forgiveness between two mothers who had to find peace in their home and hearts. Dinah lives the rest of her life peacefully, surrounded by Meryt’s family, until she grows old and passes on to the mothers who welcome her into the afterlife. Dinah leaves the reader with blessings for sharing her journey.