Tuesday, December 20, 2022

How few were the few?

 ורבים ביד מעטים


How few were the few?

ורבים ביד מעטים

How few were the few?

In מס' סופרים  פ"כ the Nusach of בימי מתתיהו there is the letter ו (Vav)
at the beginning of the word חשמונאי which translates AND
Chashmonai.
In other words, there were two heads of family, one was
מתתיהו and the other was חשמונאי. Together with their children
fought the יונים.

There are numerous conflicting Midrashim regarding the 
חשמונאים and its history.
One of the Midrashim claims there were only three
sons of מתתיהו and seven sons of חשמונאי which brings to a
total of 12 people who fought the יונים.

Rashi in (וזאת הברכה (ל"ג:י"א writes (based on this
Midrash). the מעטים were 12

Some, mistakenly, think that Rashi held that there were 13
in total being, he mentions the 12 plus אלעזר (One of the
the 3 sons who started the revolt by decapitating the יוני)

 

 

 

 

 

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