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How many animals total of each Kosher species were in the teivah during the flood?

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I think the very intelligent quetions answer is 21

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Why 21? That doesn't seem to have any basis in the pesukim at least as far as I can see. –  Double AA Nov 10 '12 at 23:29

According to the Sifsei Chachomim, Minchas Yehudah, and Be'er Yitzchak, - 4 males and 3 females - 3 pairs for preservation and 1 male from each species for a Korban.

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Which miforshim explain "sheva, sheva" to mean seven of each species as opposed to seven of each gender? –  Yahu Oct 8 '10 at 17:50
    
Sifsei Chachomim brings one such late opinion that holds this way but says that Chazal do not agree. Who are your "many meforshim"? –  Yahu Oct 11 '10 at 7:07
    
Okay, you gave me two. Is 2 many or a few? –  Yahu Oct 15 '10 at 7:51
    
Gershon, this is not a debate. For the sake of accuracy in Torah transmission (which I am sure you agree is very important) you could just change your answer to read "According to some Miforshim" and there would be nothing more to discuss. I am not nitpicking. This is the Torah we are talking about and accuracy is of paramount importance. –  Yahu Oct 31 '10 at 19:56
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Actual citations would be even better than any estimation of the number of meforshim. –  Isaac Moses Nov 2 '10 at 19:47
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According to Rabbeinu Bachyeh, 16 of each: 7 males for korbanos, 7 females for korbanos, and a male and a female for species preservation. (And same for the birds!) According to others, 14 of each, 7 of each gender for both korbanos and species preservation.

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Although, according to Rabbi Chavel, Rabbeinu Bachye is saying that there were a total of 14 of each Kosher species it is not proven that that is what he means. He seems to go to an awful lot of trouble to give over a p'shat that would be just like Rashi's opinion. –  Yahu Oct 8 '10 at 17:53

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