Two men, one named Eldad and the other Medad, had remained in camp; yet the spirit rested upon them—they were among those recorded, but they had not gone out to the Tent and they spoke in ecstasy in the camp.
When Hashem commanded Moshe to choose the 71 judges via a lottery, Eldad and Medad, due to their humility, felt unworthy for the position.
Some say that the cards with their names on them were left out, because they didn’t show up to the drawing at all.
First Moshe made a list, including Eldad and Medad, of the 72 potential candidates who he felt were worthy to be one of the judges, to be equally divided, 6 per tribe. On 70 papers he wrote the word “zaken/old” and 2 he left blank.
All 72 candidates were to draw a paper and those who drew the papers with the word zaken on it, knew he had been divinely selected. But 2 papers were left since Eldad and Medad didn’t show up to the drawing.
These 2 papers had the words zaken written on them, and indeed when ruach hakodesh came down on the 68 new judges assembled in the ohel moed, it did so on Eldad and Medad as well, despite the fact that they were not present.
(Sanhedrin 17a; Rashi: Sifri)
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Dedicated Today L'iluy Ratza Bat Baruch
To dedicate a "Daily Parsha: Did you know..?" please send us an email via our Contact Form.