Bamidbar Rabbah 22:7, Eichah Rabbah Pesikta 5, Midrash Tanchumah Mattos 4, Tanchumah Yashan Mattos 8 all point out that the tribes of Gad and Reuven, because they chose to live outside the land of Israel proper, were exiled before their brothers.

The Ba'al HaTurim to Numbers 32:1 notes that Gad and Reuven are mentioned eight times in the parsha where they request this land, to hint to the eight years they were exiled before everyone else. I also saw the Chida quotes Rabbeinu Efraim as saying the same thing. The above midrashim don't mention eight years; what is the source that it was specifically eight years?

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    See Rashi to Isaiah 8:23. Sourced from the notes from the ArtScroll Ba'al Haturim. – Salmononius2 Jul 15 '18 at 17:39
  • @Salmonius2 if you explain that Rashi it could be a great answer. – robev Jul 29 '18 at 3:18

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