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What Happened to Moses’ Descendants?

What Happened to Moses’ Descendants?

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Question:

Do we know anything about Moses’ descendants? Did they enter the Land of Israel with everyone else?

Answer:

After the Jews left Egypt, Moses’ sons (Gershom and Eliezer), along with their mother (Zipporah) and grandfather (Jethro), rejoined their father in the desert. This is the last overt mention of Moses’ sons in the Torah.1

In fact, when the time came to choose a successor for Moses, our Sages2 relate that Moses requested one of his sons be appointed. G‑d responded, “Your sons sat and did not occupy themselves with Torah. Joshua, who served you, is fitting to serve Israel.”

And while Moses’ physical progeny did not live up to his example, Aaron’s sons—who succeeded their father as priests—did carry on the noble traditions of their father and uncle. G‑d considered Moses’ nephews as his children, for he was the one who taught them Torah. This is reflected in Numbers (3:1), which begins “These are the descendants of Moses and Aaron…” but only lists Aaron’s four sons.

Thus G‑d reassured Moses, explaining that even Joshua would need to confer with Aaron’s son, the High Priest, to know G‑d’s will.3

Rabbi Menachem Posner
Ask the Rabbi @ The Judaism WebsiteChabad.org

FOOTNOTES
1.

Exodus 18.

2.

Midrash Tanchuma, Pinchas 11.

3.

Numbers 27:21.

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October 8, 2013
to the person from Palo Alto, CA
Yes they were from a Medianite woman. That does not mean that they were not jews. Since they were on Mount Sinai when G'd revealed Himself, they became jewish like anybody else. Nobody was jewish before G'd revealed Himself. They were Hebrews, Zipporah and her children (=Moses wife and his children) and the Erev Rav. I am not sure if Zipporah's father was there too.
Anonymous
Montreal
October 8, 2013
Sambatyon/Benei Menasheh
It is not allowed to post html links. Here the titles to watch on youtube:

"Israelite origin of the pashtuns and pathans"

"Ten Lost Tribes" (this one is with Rabbi Eliyahu Kin)

It is when I was watching the Rabbi's presentation that I saw a part of the documentary for the first time.

Actually, personally I respect the rabbinic interpretation of the Deuteronomy 7 3-4 with all my heart, but I just have the feeling that not the whole information has been extracted from these verses. I think that this is the root of what is said when the Sages say that Eliyhau HaNavi will make return to judaism those who were taken away by force and those who were added by force. I read the Verses and tried to interpret them, without thinking of what has been already interpreted. I came to the personal conclusion that it is resolving the problem I stated before and that Eliyahu HaNavi will resolve. I cannot describe my feeling. It would bring so much Peace!

Shalom Israel
Anonymous
Montreal.
October 8, 2013
Sambatyon/Benei Menasheh
I know that there is a south american community, not of hebrew descendance, who call themselvs B'nei Mosheh. But I don't mean them. I mean those who are said to be the children of Moses, and who will return to Israel when the Messiah appears to them. They are behind a "river" of "stone" called Sambatyon. In the talmud (i think) it is said that Aaron's descendants (Kohanim) are called the children of Moses, but they are the priests who are yet not "discovered/found". I saw a very interesting documentary. I will try to post the link to this documentary. It is not offending anybody and I hope the Rabbi will allow to post it.
I just asked my first question, because I thought: if the children of Moses are said to be special and they are descendants of Moses and Zipporah then the cannot have "jewish/hebrew" souls, because Zipporah was not jewish. Maybe this is what makes them special. Maybe they are not his descendants. Actually I will post two links. the other one is with Rabbi Eliyahu Kin.
Anonymous
Montreal
October 7, 2013
Benei Menashe
I think you are confusing Menashe and Moshe. Moshe was a Levite. They are from the tribe of Menashe.
Gershon
KS
October 5, 2013
Sambatyon
The lost tribe "Bnei Mosheh" who were separated from all the other tribes and live now hidden behind the river Sambatyon; are they the descendants of Moses and Zipporah?
Anonymous
Montreal
June 5, 2011
Moses' sons were not Jews, born of Medianite woman. May be that's why they were denied - they did not go through a proper conversion which involves studying Torah.
Anonymous
palo alto, ca
June 5, 2011
Respectfully disagree Rabbi.
King David appointed the descendents of Moshe who were capable men over certain tasks in the Bet Hamikdash. In the book of Chronicles Moshe's sons descendents are listed as those who returned from the exile and again held positions in the Bet Hamikdash/ Sanhedrin. There are Levites today who descend from Moshe.
Avdiel
Fort Lauderdale, FL
June 3, 2011
a few points - as far as I know
1) Moshe's sons were Levites
2) One of Moshe's grandsons in mentioned in Shoftim (Judges chapters 17 & 18), according to tradition - who actually was a priest for an idol before he did tshuva and became a treasurer for King David
3) I once met some who said that he has a tradition that he was a direct descendant - son after son - from Moshe. He was a Levi
Zvi Lipchik
brooklyn, NY
June 1, 2011
How does one know what G-d considers reasonable people can disagree I disagree with the rabbi moses children where his childeren
while I can not read g-d's mind it does not make sense to say moses nephews where moses children
Daniel Legum
bethesda, md