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While it might sound counter-intuitive at first, being just one big people would have an adverse affect on unity. You are much more connected when there are limbs, branches and twigs that reach you, more than being just another sheep in the herd.


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.


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 ...


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.


Apperentaly, yes, the Ashkenazi Jews are (part of) the Tribe of Judah (which is the source of the word "Jew", in Hebrew "יהודה" is the Tribe of Judah and "יהודי" is Jewish) and the Tribe of Binyamin (those two tribes were not exiled with the rest of Bnei Yisrael). And so are the Spheradic Jews. In Addition, the Tribe of Levi was disperssed and assimilated ...


Ashkenaz and Sfard ar modern divisions based on where those groups lived during the time of the galus. They have nothing to do with the original division into the twelve tribe. Consider that after the revolt against rechav'am (son of Shlomo Hamelech) many members of the twelve tribes resettled in Yehudah because they maintained loyalty to Hashem. After the ...

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