Applicants for Leadership Positions


Hashem instructed Moshe to gather 70 men to help lead the Jewish people. Each of the 12 tribes sent the same number of applicants for the job. (Bamidbar 11:16) Since 70 is not divisible by 12 there were slightly more applicants provided then there were positions. (Rashi to Bamidbar 11:26) How many applicants did each tribe send?

70 / 12 = 5 (with remainder of 10)

Therefore, each tribe sent one more than 5 (i.e. each tribe sent 6 applicants)