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Reuben: (a) (1568-1443 BCE) Son of Jacob and Leah, eldest of the Twelve Tribes. His biggest failing was interfering with his father’s marital life, an act that cost him his birthright. His shining moment was when he dissuaded his brothers from killing Joseph before they sold him into slavery. (b) A common Jewish name.
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Reuben's descendents were destined to be the royalty of Israel. But alas, because of his shortcoming, that right was taken from him, and the kingship of Israel was transferred to Judah. But why Judah?
Reuben (or Reuven, as it is pronounced in Hebrew) was the name of the oldest of Jacob's twelve sons, fathers of the twelve tribes. The Torah Genesis 29:32. records when he was given this name and as well as its meaning. But first a little background infor...
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The incident involving the mandrakes (dudaim) which Reuben, the eldest son of Jacob, found in the field "during the time of the wheat harvest"--recounted in Genesis 30:14-18--occurred on the fifth of Sivan of the year 2197 from creation (1568 BCE).
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1568 BCE
Reuben, the eldest son of Jacob and Leah, was born in Charan (Mesopotamia) on the 14th of Kislev of the year 2193 from creation (1568 BCE). As Jacob's firstborn, he was initially entitled to the leadership of Israel and to a double portion in the Holy Lan...
Reuben and Judah
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