In the spirit of Talmud Bavli Chullin 139b.

The Talmud assumes that great future events are hinted to in the Torah. Well in that case... Mi Yodeya min HaTorah minayin (where is Mi Yodeya hinted at in the Torah)?

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  • So no Nach?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 21:49
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    @DoubleAA, Nope. Otherwise the answer to the gemara's questions would be pretty trivial for Esther, Haman, etc.
    – jake
    Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 22:17
  • But it makes it quite challenging for Mi Yodeya.
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 22:25
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    @DoubleAA לפום צערא אגרא
    – Isaac Moses
    Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 22:26

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The continuation of that gemara (Chullin 139c) notes that the hint to Mi Yodeya is in Devarim 21:1 which states:

לא נודע מי הכהו‏
It is not known who hit him

because Mi Yodeya is characterized by the ability to hit people without being known.

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    I didn't realize they used to print on triangular folios! Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 22:58
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    @CharlesKoppelman Only for Purim!
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 23:03
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    ♫ Mein blat, der hat drei eiken / drei eiken hat mein blat ♫ Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 23:06

God had Moshe gather an assembly of elders to receive spill-over prophecy and become adjuct prophets. Two men who weren't amongst the assembly received the prophecy where they were. When Moshe's assistant, Yehoshua heard about this, he suggested that his master incarcerate these two for their disrespect.

Num 11:29:

... וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ מֹשֶׁה, הַמְקַנֵּא אַתָּה לִי; וּמ.י. יִתֵּן כָּל-עַם יְהוָה\נְבִיאִים

And Moshe said to him, "You're worried about me? [One day] M.Y. will provide for an entire nation of people [who think that they are either] God [or] prophets [as they answer Torah questions in public without providing sources other than their own minds].


Mi Yodeya is hinted to in Sh'mos 10:8: "מי ומי ההלכים". The Ramban (ad loc.) writes that Pharaoh used this phrase as a reference to only the elite few "leaders, sages, and officers - men who were mentioned by name."

In a similar vein, the Ba'al HaTurim notes that the gematria of "מי ומי ההלכים" equals that of "כלב ובן נון", the great sages who knew how to respond to the rest of the spies, and who therefore survived the journey to the Land of Canaan (ad loc.; cf. B'midbar 14:30):

אמר פרעה למשה מה אתם מבקשים כל כך ללכת כי כולם ימותו במדבר חוץ מיהושע וכלב; מי ומי ההלכים בגימטריא כלב ובן נון

The gemara (T'murah 16a) asks: Kaleiv, in fact, was the son of Chetzron, so why was he called כלב בן יפונה? One talmudic manuscript (MS Sambatyon Or. 140) answers that the gematria of the root .י.פ.נ equals the gematria of מי יודע - Kaleiv was one of the elite few who knew the answers to the questions people sought (cf. Rashbam, B'midbar 13:30 "'And Kaleiv silenced the people': With his wisdom").

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    Your manuscript number is the gematria of Mi Yodeya :)
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 20, 2013 at 6:10
  • @DoubleAA Yup, well, those Sambatyon River folk have an idiosyncratic classification for manuscripts.
    – Fred
    Commented Feb 20, 2013 at 6:22

Shemos 11:2:

וְיִשְׁאֲלוּ אִישׁ מֵאֵת רֵעֵהוּ וְאִשָּׁה מֵאֵת רְעוּתָהּ

And a man should ask from his friend and a woman from her friend.

If Mosheh was there, why were they asking each other? At that point, Mosheh was still judging everyone by himself (18:15-16). Why were they asking each other?

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