The Jewish people having many children in Egypt

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  1. Settling in Egypt:[1]

Yaakov settled in Egypt with seventy family members. The Jewish people multiplied and increased tremendously and filled the lands.




How did the Jewish people multiply so quickly?

Some say that each mother gave birth to six babies at a time [i.e. sextuplets]. Others say they had twelve babies at a time.[2] Others say they gave birth to sixty at a time.[3] In addition, none of the Jewish women ever had miscarriages and none were barren, and hence there were many births. Likewise, there were no crib deaths or children who died in young age, and they were all healthy and strong to handle recurring pregnancies.[4]


[1] Shemos 1:1-7

[2] Shemos Raba 8

[3] Version in Shemos Raba; Meiam Loez Shemos p. 20 [new edition]

[4] Yifei Eiynayim; Meiam Loez Shemos p. 20 [new edition]

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