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

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Although the Gra is famous for saying that there is remez (symbolism) behind all the ta'amim (trope) in the Torah, simply speaking the ta'amim we use are purely grammatical. There are several levels …
answered May 26 '11 by jake
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Abarbanel offers two possible approaches: 1) "לא יסור שבט" does not mean the monarchy, but rather that Yehuda will always be inherently greater and more deserving of respect and leadership than the o …
answered Apr 17 '11 by jake
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The following is how Abarbanel parses the list: והתחיל מראובן כי הוא היה הבכור גם הוא ראש דגל. ואחריו שמעון שנולד אחריו והוא ג״כ בדגלו. ולפי שלא הלך מרגל משבט לוי זכר אחריו יהודה כפי תולדותם ושהוא …
answered Jun 13 '12 by jake