BHCBE Hebrew High School 11th Hour Class.
Who is Yochani bat Rivti? What did she do Why do the chachamim say that the entire generalization is due to her alone?Why do you think Rabbi Eliezer generalizes about females because of her alone?
Yochani bat Rivti was a women who went all the way across town to ask Rabbi Eliezer a simple question that she could have asked her local rabbi, interrupting Rabbi Eliezer's lesson. Rabbi Eliezer probably generalizes about all females because of her alone, because he probably didn't get very many women in his lessons, and this one just barged in there and interrupted one. Because of this, she stuck out in his mind, and whenever he thought of what a women was like, she would be the one who came to mind.
yochani bat rivti was a lady that wanted to say that she spoke to the famous Rabbi Eliezer so she went and asked him about why different people got different punishments from the golden calf incident. Rabbi Eliezer generalizes about females because of he was probably extremely angry at this single female so he wanted to trash all females to make them look bad. Also, as anonymous said, Rabbi Eliezer didn't appear to have many other women around him to give him a more realistic picture of what women are really like.
To be honest, I forgot what we had learned last week, but now that I've read the two other posts, I can respond... Yochani bat Rivti was a woman who would walked all the way across town to ask Rabbi Eliezer why different people involved in the golden calf incident received different punishments. When somebody in our class was able to answer this question, you commented that because she did not have a rabbinic degree of any kind, that shows just how simple of a question it is. Rabbi Eliezer generalizes women based on her alone, perhaps because he's sexist. Even if a single woman "barges" into your lesson, you don't just make generalizations about all women. The chachanim (I'm not sure what this is) probably say that the entire generalization is due to her alone because it's a lot easier than admitting that Rabbi Eliezer is just sexist (if that actually is the case).