Jerusalem woman leaves behind 1,400 descendants

Monday, September 21, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

A 99-year-old Jerusalem resident passed away last week, leaving behind an estimated 1,400 direct descendants.

Israel's Ynet news portal reports that Rachel Krishevsky lived most of her life near Jerusalem's Mahane Yehudah open air market. She and her husband, who were married in 1929, took seriously the biblical commandment to "be fruitful and multiply," and had 11 children.

Krishevsky instilled in her own children that same duty to lovingly raise as many children as possible, and each of them were blessed with large families, totaling more than 150 grandchildren for the couple.

Those grandchildren when on to have some 1,000 offspring, who in turn have provided at least several hundred great-great-grandchildren.

Family members said they were not sure exactly how many direct descendants Rachel had, but noted with pride that she had remained close to all of them up until the end of her life.

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