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December 23, 2018
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
Who was this 70th person, missing from the count?
וַיָּבֹ֜אוּ עַד־גֹּ֣רֶן הָאָטָ֗ד אֲשֶׁר֙ בְּעֵ֣בֶר הַיַּרְדֵּ֔ן וַיִּ֨סְפְּדוּ־שָׁ֔םוַֽיְהִ֗י כָּל־נֶ֛פֶשׁ יֹצְאֵ֥י יֶֽרֶךְ־יַעֲקֹ֖ב שִׁבְעִ֣ים נָ֑פֶשׁ וְיוֹסֵ֖ף הָיָ֥ה בְמִצְרָֽיִם׃מִסְפֵּ֛ד גָּד֥וֹל וְכָבֵ֖ד מְאֹ֑ד וַיַּ֧עַשׂ לְאָבִ֛יו אֵ֖בֶל שִׁבְעַ֥ת יָמִֽים׃
The total number of persons that were of Jacob’s issue came to seventy, Joseph being already in Egypt.
It is unclear who the 70th person was.
The possible candidates include: God, Yocheved, Chushim the son of Dan, Serach the daughter of Asher, Yaakov, Osnat, Yosef’s twin sister, Binyamin’s twin sister, and Dinah’s twin sister.
(Bereshit Rabbah 94:9, Ibn Ezra 46:15, Torah Shleimah on Vayigash 46, Pardas Yosef on Shemot & Vayigash)
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