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The Twelve Tribes of Israel, descended from and named after the sons and grandsons of Jacob.

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As you note in the question, sometimes Levi is excluded (and Yosef split up) and sometimes Levi is included (as is Yosef). Thus, there are two divisions into twelve tribes each. Other examples — you m …
answered Apr 5 '13 by msh210
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The Chidushe Ham'iri to B'rachos 20:2 says that the Keni got land in Israel and calls it "nat'lu chelek baaretz", which makes it sound like he considers it on a par with anyone else's land. They got i …
answered Feb 20 '12 by msh210
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The Mizrachi (44:20) suggests that they said Yosef was missing when they first met him, but they said, when they next met him (with the gift of fruit), that he'd died. The Gur Arye (44:20) suggests t …
answered Dec 21 '14 by msh210
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Joseph's brothers, who eventually fathered tribes, are compared to stars in Genesis 37:9–10.
answered Aug 30 by msh210