Why in V'zos Brachah, is Shimon not mentioned?

Except for Rashi that said he is included in Yehudah name because of the incident with Cozbi Bat Tzur.

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    Oct 19, 2018 at 12:24
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    When you say "except for Rashi...", do you mean that you want answers other than the one presented by Rashi?
    – Isaac Moses
    Oct 19, 2018 at 13:08
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    Actually, Rashi includes Reuvain with Yehudah.
    – ezra
    Oct 19, 2018 at 13:10
  • The relevant source is Deuteronomy 33 - mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0533.htm (Possibly should have been in the question)
    – Yaabim
    Jan 19, 2019 at 23:00

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Ibn Ezra on Devarim 33:6 suggests (in addition to Rashi’s explanation quoted in the question) that Moshe was following Ya’akov’s example, who blessed neither Shim’on nor Levi at the end of Bereishit. (Levi nevertheless received a blessing from Moshe in the merit of Aharon.)

Ramban on Devarim 33:6 writes that given that Moshe wanted to bless Ephraim and Menashe separately, one of the other tribes had to be left out, to ensure a total of twelve. Shim’on was the one omitted, because it was a small tribe and did not receive an expansive blessing from Ya’akov.

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