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What was the name of Tzipora's mother (Moses's mother-in-law)?

There are a lot of wives mentioned in the Torah, but the names of some aren't mentioned even though they are important. So I was curious about this particular one.

  • I don't think this is knon – sam Dec 6 '13 at 19:27
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The name of אשת יתרו is "unknown". See here.

  • I guess my Hebrew might be a bit poor, but is he saying that it is not known, or that he doesn't know? – yydl Dec 8 '13 at 1:09
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    It means unknown – sam Dec 8 '13 at 1:37
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    Meaning the info is not available – sam Dec 8 '13 at 2:07
  • In fairness, the rav is not being asked the name of Yitro's wife, but whether or not there is a source for that name. For all I know, the person asking the question has a name in mind and wants to know if it can be substantiated. I doubt that's so, but since he only asked for a source, the rav's answer that "it is not known" is a reference to the existence of such a source and nothing else. As such, it can't be used to demonstrate that "the name of אשת יתרו is unknown", as you have said. – Shimon bM Dec 8 '13 at 11:25
  • @ShimonbM, if, as you acknowledge, the t'shuva says there's no known source for a name for Yisro's wife, then there seem to be only two possibilities: that there's no known name for Yisro's wife, and that her name is known sans source (i.e. mipi hash'mua through a chain of tradition). The latter seems exceedingly unlikely to me in this day and age. – msh210 Dec 11 '13 at 7:12
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According to the Medrash Talpiyot [Bisyoh], some say that Tzipora was a sister of Moshe's. In that case, her mother was Yocheved bas Levi.

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    What!? I don't understand how this is possible,am I missing something? – sam Dec 11 '13 at 0:22
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    Moshe married his sister? – Seth J Dec 11 '13 at 4:28
  • look at the source [i dont know how to make the fancy hyperlinks] – rabbi Dec 11 '13 at 7:22
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    don't forget that at matan torah he devorced her – rabbi Dec 11 '13 at 7:22
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