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Reuben

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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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