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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.

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March 24, 2016
But what happened to Moses himself?
Moses was forbidden to enter the promised land and died in the wilderness. Is that the end of Moses?
WoundedEgo
Portland, ME
March 2, 2016
God's Name Need Not Be Hyphenated
The name "God" is merely a pronoun. No one knows the name of God. At the burning bush in the desert, Moses asks of God "what is your name" and God replies only "I am, who I am". Clearly the word "God" is not God's true name. Therefore, there is absolutely no good reason to hyphenate God's name.
Anonymous
Mountain View, CA
December 18, 2015
Spelling
There is a biblical prohibition against desecrating G-d's name, if we write G-d's name out fully and the page is printed and happens to fall on the ground and people step on it or similar occurrences, G-d's name would be desecrated, in order to avoid that we do not spell the Name out fully but spell it "G-d". For more information see this link.
Chabad.org Staff
chabadone.org
December 17, 2015
G-d?
There do not appear to be any answers to the questions posed here, but I'll ask one anyway:
Why is the letter "o" left out when writing the word "God" on this site?
Dave
DuPont, WA
December 6, 2015
But Moses asked his wife and sons to join him and the Isrealites. Why exactly did he send them away?
hobbitcaitlyn
USA
August 3, 2015
The Term Jewish
Anonymous from Montreal - You are incorrect - Jewish refers to the descendants of Judah one of the twelve tribes of Israel. The term Jewish did not start at Mount Sinai. They were all Israelites at the time, pure Hebrews as well as a mix of Hebrew and Egyptian that came out of Egypt. After King Solomon, Israel was split into the ten tribes of the northern kingdom (israel) and the southern kingdom (Juda). The Northern kingdom fell to the Assyrians, the ten tribes were taken into captivity and scattered. Settlers from Assyria and elsewhere came and settled in their place, mixed with the remaining natives - became known as Samaritans.

"The only remaining true Israelites were the residents of the Kingdom of Judah, and the term "Yehudi" or "Jew" came to refer to all the Israelites, regardless of their tribal ancestry." Chabad.org
Margo
Michigan
May 28, 2015
Is God real? YES
I have believed in God since I was 11 years old. I don't need proof as I believe and have faith. That's what it comes down too. My youngest son went to Iraq he said to me when he returned home. Mom why do you pray so much how do you know anyone is there and listens. I looked at him a few seconds and said son your the proof your standing before me and safe. God heard my cries and prayers for you to come home safely. I know he is real because I live by faith.
Wilma
Tennessee
April 28, 2015
Moses' descendants
I am one of Moses' descendants from Persia . Thanks God for the pour soul that I have from my great great great ,.....grand father Moses. My ancestry sent to Exile from Israel to Persia empire in Tajikestan (Bukharian or Iranian Jew) then they moved to Esterabad (The town was built for Esther in north of Iran close to Caspian Sea ). H
H
woodland Hills
January 13, 2015
Like King David's non-Solomon descendants, have always wondered what role Moshe's descendants played in the Jewish people's history and whether after a few generations, Moshe's matrilineal (and possibly patrilineal) descendants ended up taking on an unacknowledged role as Nevi'im?
Anonymous
UK
October 16, 2014
1 Chronicles 23
I noticed that although Moses' descendants are not mentioned in Numbers they are mentioned as within the tribe of Levi in 1 Chronicles 23:17-17. So they were considered Jewish then, would you say?
Donald
Port Huron, Mi