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Hat tip to jake for his comment above regarding what became of Balaq's descendants. The Talmud Bavli in Masekhet Horayot (10B) states (Original, English): בשכר מ"ב קרבנות שהקריב בלק הרשע זכה ויצתה ממנו רות דאמר רבי יוסי ברבי חנינא רות בת בנו של עגלון בן בנו של בלק מלך מואב As a reward for the forty-two sacrifices which the wicked Balak offered he ...


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Besides YEZ's good sources, see Bava Kamma 94b אמר רבי יוחנן בימי רבי נשנית משנה זו with Tosafos there, and see also the last Mishna in maseches Keilim with Tosafos Rabi Akiva Eiger. Both of these sources say that Rabeinu HaKadosh redacted an older version of the mishna that was already extent. There is also a discussion in Bava Metzia 44a between Rabi ...


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R' Sherira Gaon in his Iggeres (p.7 and 9 here) writes that each sage had his own version of Mishnayos, and Rebbe gathered them and arranged them and decided which opinion to codify. (It is unclear if he actually re-formulated them or just arranged them.) R' Sherira writes that some Mishnayos were formulated earlier, as early as Hillel, and Rebbi himself ...


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His relative, R' Yaakov Lifschitz, wrote a sefer called Toldos Yitzchak where he writes in the introduction (at the bottom) that R' Yehuda Lifschitz helped support his efforts. That sefer is about the life of R' Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor*, the namesake of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, a part of Yeshiva University. R' Yehuda Lifschitz also ...


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Rashi (Numbers 32:12) says that Calev is called "Kenizite" after his stepfather Kenaz (so "the Kenizzite" refers to him, not to Yefuneh). And I Chronicles 4:15 (thanks @DoubleAA) says he had a grandson named Kenaz (or maybe Ukenaz), probably named after his stepfather.


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From Wikipedia There were provisions for a Gentile to be included in Israel as were clearly spelt out in the regulations for Passover (Exodus 12: 48,49). Some consider Kenizzites as an Edomite tribe, in which case Caleb would be a descendent of Jacob´s brother Esau. But many view Caleb as a true Israelite by birth, since he is associated ...


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Divrei Hayomim 2:18 says that Caleb was the son of Chetzron. Radak there says that this is Caleb ben Yefune. Radak says he was known as ben Yefune since he turned away from the Meraglim's blasphemy of the land. Ibn Ezra disagrees and says his father's name was Yefune and his grandfather's name was Kenaz.



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