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So I am reading Parashas Noach,and it lists Gomer, grandson of Yefes there.And obviously all the descendants became nations. But, who, according to the chachamim are the Gomerites today? Thanks

  • I don't have the source in front of me, but there is a Midrash somewhere in Bereishis Rabbah that says that 16 families of Bnei Noach were wiped out at some point, replaced by 16 families of Bnei Avraham. So perhaps the Gomerites aren't around today, nor were they around for very long. – DonielF Aug 18 '16 at 0:17
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    Just out of curiosity, why the Gomerites? There are seventy options; why did you pick him to ask on? (Feel free to follow my example and ask seventy questions; we probably wouldn't be able to answer the large majority of them, though.) – DonielF Aug 18 '16 at 3:57
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    Didn't they end up in Mayberry, North Carolina? <grin> – Micha Berger Aug 23 '16 at 19:02
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    And obviously all the descendants became nations. Why is this obvious? But, who, according to the chachamim are the Gomerites today Why assume that they are even extant today, as a distinct group, or otherwise? – mevaqesh Nov 17 '16 at 1:33
  • @DonielF I would be interested in seeing that Midrash, if you have a chance to find it. – Chaim Nov 17 '16 at 14:07
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The the gomerites according to Radak commenting on ובני גומר אשכנז and Rabeinu Saadiah Gaon on וריפת were identified with people living in Germany and the Gauls in France. See peirsuh of R. Dovid Zvi Hoffman for other identifications.

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