There is a story (you can read the details here) about Rashi telling a King that he will conquer Yerushalaim for 3 days and return with 3 horses and 3 riders. The King returned with 4, but as they entered the city walls, a stone fell down and killed 1 of the riders and his horse, fulfilling Rashi's words.

What is the source of this story?


This story is from Shalsheles HaKabalah (bottom of that page, continues to next page).

Shalsheles HaKabalah is a history book published by Gedalia ben Yosef Ibn Yechia in 1586.

This article (page 16) translates a longer version of the story from a manuscript that they say is from Gedalia ben Yosef Ibn Yechia. The article also discusses the veracity of the story.

  • According to this wikipedia article, the author of Sefer HaDorot doubted the veracity of many of the stories in Shalshelet HaKabalah - he.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    – Menachem
    Jul 20 '12 at 2:28
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    do we know if this is the earliest written source of this story?
    – Menachem
    Jul 20 '12 at 2:28
  • @Menachem I googled it and found this article. See p. 7 for a discussion of the veracity of the story
    – b a
    Jul 20 '12 at 2:40

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