Friday, May 12, 2006
Rabbi Akiva, Rashbi, and the number 12
My wife raised an interesting question: is there a connection between the units of 12 years that Rabbi Akiva learned for and the 12 years + 1 that Rashbi spent in a cave, and the 12,000 zugos of talmidim of R' Akiva who died? What is so special about this number 12 (yes, we know about zodiav and shevatim – you have to do better than that)? This took some thinking, but I finally came up with an idea that I posted here . Please feel free to chime in if you have any ideas.