Tuesday, May 28, 2013

How Many Meraglim

In this week's Parsha, How many Meraglim did Moishe send to Eretz Yisroel?

a) 10
b) 12
c) 18
d) 24
e) 36


b) 12

d) 24

Tosfos ( Sotah 34a d"h Turtani) quotes the Yerushalmi "Ish Echod Ish Echod L'mateh

Avosov"  Machlokes between R. Yishmael who holds Dibra Torah Kilshon Odom

(The Torah speaks like humans do ) and therefore even though the Torah repeats Ish Echod

twice, it still means one person per Shevet. R. Akivah holds Lo Dibra-  it says in the Torah

twice Ish Echod because there were two people per Shevet. (24 Meraglim).

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