Monday, January 14, 2008

Erev Rav in the Chumash

The Erev Rav is mentioned only once explicitly in the Torah, in Shemot 12:38:

And also a Mixed Multitude went up with them...

Targum Yonatan translates this as:

And also many foreigners, and from them 240 myriads (2,400,000 men), went up with them...

We see from this that the Erev Rav was 80% of those that left Mitzraim, while B'nei Yisrael were just 20%.


  1. There is a typo in the post: "when up"

  2. And they continue to torment us to this very day. I guess Moshe should have never argued against haShem. But on the other hand, if it where not for Erev Rav, we may not have lasted this long.