Og`s offspring – are they "Bnei Noach"?

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  • #607276

    shmendrick
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    Og survived the mabul by hanging on to the tevah or by going to Eretz Yisroel where there was no mabul.

    Are his offspring considered “Bnei Noach”?

  • #911766

    shmoel
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    Did he even have offspring after the mabul? He was quite old during the mabel.

    Besides, his children — if their were any — would have married Noach’s offsprint, thus all would be Bnei Noach.

  • #911767

    shmoel – Even if his children would have married Bnei Noach, it is only with Jews that yichus (as to nationhood) is matrilineal. For everybody else it is patrilineal, hence Og’s sons would be Bnei Og, and if they would have married daughters of Bnei Noach their children would also be Bnei Og. Only the daughters’ children would become Bnei Noach by virtue of being the children of male Bnei Noach. Whilst, over time, this would mean that the vast majority would become Bnei Noach, there would always be a few who were ben achar ben from Og and therefore not Bnei Noach. So to say “all would be Bnei Noach” is incorrect. The vast majority, maybe, but not all.

    I do, however, agree that it is far from certain that Og had any children post-mabul. At any rate, bizman Avraham Avinu, Og was not married.

  • #911768

    How do you get the ring onto a 410936027 foot giantess’ finger? Conversely, how does a 4012745723865 foot giant put a ring on a girls finger without squishing her?

  • #911769

    shmendrick
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    “just my hapence” wrote: “I do, however, agree that it is far from certain that Og had any children post-mabul. At any rate, bizman Avraham Avinu, Og was not married.”

    We know the Rashi that Eliezer the servant of Avrohom had a daughter and he wished to wed his daughter to Yitzchok.

    According to the Pirkei d’Rebbi Eliezer, (chapters 16&23) Og is none other than Avraham’s most trusted servant, Eliezer (Yalkut Shimoni Chaya Sarah 109, Machzor Vitri section 524. Daat Zikeinim of the Ba’alei haTosfot, Bereishit 24:39)!

    The Yalkut Shimoni(ibid) also accepts the identification of Og as Eliezer, while maintaining a negative appraisal of Eliezer.

    According to the Zohar, Og is one of the souls that Avraham brought close to HKB”H. (Zohar, Bamidbar 3:184a-b)

    In any event: if Og was Eliezer, he had wed and bore children, at the very least it is certain that he had a daughter.

  • #911770

    iced
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    What is the difference, other than one of terminology, whether or not Og had male children? Legally the Bnei Og (if they exist) would be of the same status as the Bnei Noach. Thus the question is irrelevant from a practical standpoint. It is, at most, only theoretical.

  • #911771

    shmendrick
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    Opinions that Og has male decedents:

    In Bamidbar 13:22, the Torah tells us that the spies saw Achiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the sons of Giants. Rashi tells us they were the descendants of Shamchazai and Azael, angels who fell from heaven in the days of Enosh.

    The Shaarei Aaron in Parshas Shelach Perek 13 Pasuk 33 mentions in the name of Reb Yeshaya and Rashi that they were descendants of Og since the Pasuk says “Vehu Nishar MiYeser HaRafaim”. (However, Rabbi Samson Refael Hirsch maintains that it is not necessarily so that they were descendants of Og. He mentions the Gemara in Zevachim 113 that there was no Mabul in Eretz Yisroel and says it is possible that they survived as they were in Eretz Yisroel).

  • #911772

    Ðash®
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    We know the Rashi that Eliezer the servant of Avrohom had a daughter and he wished to wed his daughter to Yitzchok.

    But to be consistant with Rashi, Eliezer had to be from a cursed lineage (Canaan).

  • #911773

    lesschumras
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    Just my hapence, only religious identity is matrilinial. Nationhood was patrilinial. If your parents came from different shvatim, you belonged to your father’s. Your identity as kohen, levi or yisroel is determined by your father, not mother

  • #911774

    shmendrick
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    Dash – “Eliezer had to be from a cursed lineage (Canaan).”

    Canaan was from the lineage of Noach who traces to Sheth.

    Alternatively, if Eliezer was Og, he may have been from “another” cursed lineage: Cain (the murderer).

    iced – “What is the difference, other than one of terminology, whether or not Og had male children? … Thus the question is irrelevant from a practical standpoint. It is, at most, only theoretical.”

    There are nearly 7 billion humans on Earth. The Torah dedicates multiple psukin to trace the lineage of various nations.

    Mathematically, if there are TWO sources of lineage: Noach and Og, then maybe half the world population has a totally different heritage.

    The Torah’s psukim dedicated to lineage are not for halachic/practical purposes either, but Chas vesholom to say that they are irrelevant. The name of Esov’s pilegesh Na’amah is as relevant as Anochi of the aseres hadibros. To say any differently would border on kfirah.

  • #911775

    yehudayona
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    Perhaps professional basketball players are Bnai Og.

  • #911777

    WolfishMusings
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    At any rate, bizman Avraham Avinu, Og was not married.

    How would you know this?

    The Wolf

  • #911778

    iced
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    Marriage cetificates from the Vital Records Bureau in Ur Kasdim, Mesopotamia.

  • #911779

    nem621
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    would a bnei og have to keep the 7 mitzvot of bnei noach?

  • #911780

    WolfishMusings
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    would a bnei og have to keep the 7 mitzvot of bnei noach?

    Yes, because the term “ben Noach” in this case is merely a shorthand for “humanity.”

    Noach’s ancestors also had to keep the seven (six) mitzvos — and they certainly weren’t “b’nei noach.”

    The Wolf

  • #911781

    popa_bar_abba
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    Better question is if Og’s kids are allowed to eat meat. Since they didn’t save the animals.

  • #911782

    nem621
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    well maybe noach made it that since he saved the animals humans in general are above them therefore we can eat them

  • #911783

    Ðash®
    Participant

    Alternatively, if Eliezer was Og, he may have been from “another” cursed lineage: Cain (the murderer).

    What indication do you have that the curse of Cain extended to his decendants? Or even that Og was a decendant of Cain?

  • #911784

    Wisey
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    According to one answer in the Ramban it comes out that Noach’s daughter’s-in-law were children of the giants. This is another explanation how the giant race survived the Mabul.

    According to the other answer that Og himself survived, the Navi in Yehoshua explains that all the giants in Eretz Yisrael were defeated by Yehoshua and his army. The only four remaining giants lived in the land of the Plishtim. They were Goliass and his three brothers. Dovid and his army killed them in later years. This is why there are no giants today. I can look again for the sources for all this if anyone is interested.

  • #911785

    Wisey
    Member

    Therefore nowadays these questions don’t apply but I wonder about in earlier years.

  • #911786

    Wisey
    Member

    Anyways, some of the 7 Mitzvos were given to Adam and therefore would apply to Og too.

  • #911787

    Well, Moshe Rabeinu was in one Medrash 10 Amos, or 20 feet tall. So why are most Jewish men nowhere near that tall?

  • #911788

    Wisey
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    Moshe was an exception in many ways. He was prepared already from birth to be the leader. This may have included the correct physical build required for the proper respect he deserved

  • #911790

    shmendrick
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    The decedents of Kayin who have a “zeide” who murdered his brother, this must be a curse to their yichus. Murder seems to be in the same category of sin as Chom/Cannan’s. Remember, we are dealing with a shidduch proposal of ELiezer to Avrohom. Avrohom rejects the shidduch based on a cursed yichus-lineage.

    Noach and his family were clearly decedents of Sheth, but Og “MAY” have been from another lineage – namely Kayin. At least, there is no necessity to say that Og comes from Sheth.

  • #911791

    shmendrick – So you can quote Pirkei D’Rebbi Eliezer and Yalkut Shimoni, and yet you seem not to know basic Chumash. The ben achar ben lineage of Kayin died out in the 7th dor with Yuval, Tuval and Tuval Kayin. And their sister, Na’amah, was Noach’s wife, which would make us all of ‘cursed lineage’ if ben achar ben is not important. Besides, the shitta that Og lived before the mabul and survived is based on his identification as ‘hapolit’ from the milchama of the 4 kings vs the 5 kings, the same medrash saying that his intentions were that Avraham would die and he could marry Sarah (hence the inference that he was not married at the time, Wolf…), and thus being descended from the ‘Nefilim’, who were from neither Shes nor Kayin (see Rashi there). The identity of these Nefilim is somewhat controversial, but see Ramban there. In any case, Og was most definitely NOT descended from Kayin, at least not ben achar ben.

  • #911792

    shmendrick
    Member

    To “just my hapence”, your proof from the psukim is inconclusive. I wrote Og “MAY” have been from another lineage – namely Kayin. At least, there is no necessity to say that Og comes from Sheth.

    In any event, the original question was are the presumed decedents of Og “bnei Noach”?

  • #911793

    shmendrick – As I thought I made clear, ben achar ben lineage from Kayin is impossible as they all died, even before the mabul. If not ben achar ben, then we are all ‘cursed’ as Noach’s wife was from Kayin. Besides, as I then made clear, Og was descended from the Nefilim who were definitely not from Kayin either. So no, Og may NOT have been from Kayin. And I have already answered the original question.

  • #911794

    shmendrick
    Member

    Yasher koach!

    An additional comment, Rabenu Bachye, Devarim 21:34, cites that there was more than one Og, perhaps the name Og is actually a title and not a given name, analogous to “Pharaoh king of Egypt.” He cites this as a legitimate opinion, though eventually he rejects this approach due to lack of Rabbinic evidence.

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