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When Yaakov is about to die and calls in his sons to bless them, he says to Yehuda (Bereishis 49:8-9): יְהוּדָ֗ה אַתָּה֙ יוֹד֣וּךָ אַחֶ֔יךָ יָדְךָ֖ בְּעֹ֣רֶף אֹיְבֶ֑יךָ יִשְׁתַּחֲוּ֥וּ לְךָ֖ בְּנֵ֥י אָבִֽיךָ׃ גּ֤וּר אַרְיֵה֙ יְהוּדָ֔ה מִטֶּ֖רֶף בְּנִ֣י עָלִ֑יתָ כָּרַ֨ע רָבַ֧ץ כְּאַרְיֵ֛ה וּכְלָבִ֖יא מִ֥י יְקִימֶֽנּוּ׃ You, O Judah, your brothers shall ...


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Looks like the verse was first connected in writing to the story of Nachshon in Sotah 37a: "Rabbi Yehuda said to Rabbi Meir: That is not how the incident took place. Rather, this tribe said: I am not going into the sea first, and that tribe said: I am not going into the sea first. Then, in jumped the prince of Judah, Nahshon ben Amminadab, and ...


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Some of the commentators (Radak, Ralbag and Chomat Anach) say this term may refer to Menashe having killed the prophet Yesha'ayahu, per the Talmud in Yevamot 49b. Elsewhere Ralbag wrote that he thinks it refers to the people who weren't willing to go along with Menashe's idolatrous reforms, including prophets. Some of the prophets of his era are referred to ...


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