What was Zimri real name?


He had 5:

  1. His real name was Shelumiel ben Tzurishaday (I wonder if this is where that insult comes from?)
  2. Zimri- because of all the relations he had with Kozbi his eggs (scrotum) became strange "She'Na'aseh ke'Beitzah ha'Muzeres"
  3. Ben Salu-because he either caused the people to describe his family as a sinful one or he caused Hashem to examine their sins.
  4. Shaul- because he lent himself out for Aveiros
  5. Ben ha'Cana'anis- Because he acted like somone from Canan that meaning immorally.

All this is from Sanhedrin 82b (stuff they dont do in Yeshiva or day school)

  • The Midrash says that when he brought his korban of the korbanos haNesiim, he tripped on the way. From there was born the Yiddish term "Ah Shlemiel!"
    – Yahu
    Jul 1 '10 at 4:42
  • are you serious?
    – YRU
    Jul 1 '10 at 12:42
  • 2
    Dead serious. The Midrash says he tripped.
    – Yahu
    Jul 2 '10 at 3:28
  • Others say it is from the Hebrew שלא מועיל See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_words_of_Yiddish_origin
    – Yahu
    Jul 2 '10 at 3:31
  • 1
    Sorry. That's Aramaic.
    – Yahu
    Jul 2 '10 at 21:21

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