Wednesday, March 15, 2023

PUTIM- Who are they?



(וּבְנֵי, חָם--כּוּשׁ וּמִצְרַיִם, וּפוּט וּכְנָעַן." (בראשיתפרק י'פסוק ו

The first Piyut in the מגן* of פרשת החדש
"באחת ועשר פוט נגעה"-

With one
(קריעת ים סוף) & ten (מכות) פוט was afflicted.

פוט was a brother to מצרים yet the Pytonim refer
numerous times to the Egyptians as פוט.

מפרשים claim that פוט
(Libya) & מִצְרַיִם intermarried

hence the Egyptians are referred to as פוטים  

תוספות Bechoros 5b on חמרא לובאה the ערוך
translates חמור מצרי based on the ירושלמי כלאים ח:ג.

*The Piyutim said during Chazaras 
Hashatz are called ( קרובות (קרובץ   
they have four parts מגן,מחיה,מי כמוך,
and סילוק (the last one before Kedusha


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