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יַאֲזַנְיָה בֶּן יִרְמְיָהוּ (ירמיה לה:ג-יא )
Leader of the clan בֵּית הָרֵכָבִים who are descendants of יְהוֹנָדָב בֶּן רֵכָב . The steadfastness of these people to their traditions is held up as an example to the people of יהודה .
יַאֲזַנְיָה בֶּן עַזֻּר (יחזקאל יא:א-ד)
An elder statesman during the last years of ירושלים who is accused by God of leading his people astray. His doom is predicted.
יַאֲזַנְיָהוּ בֶּן הַמַּעֲכָתִי (יְזַנְיָהוּ) (מלכים ב כה:כג, ירמיהו מ, מב-מג )
This army captain escapes the conquest of ירושלים by נבוכדנאצר . He is persuaded by גדליהו , the Babylonian-appointed governor of יהודה , to serve בבל and the כשדים loyally. Following the assassination of גדליהו , יוחנן בן קרח and יאזניהו appeal to the prophet ירמיהו to pray to God on their behalf since the state of יהודה has greatly deteriorated. God tells ירמיהו to assure the leaders to remain in יהודה - He will protect them from נבוכדנאצר . The remaining Jews are further warned against settling in Egypt and are told that if they run there to escape famine and the sword, these threats will follow them there. Nevertheless, the remnants of Judea have already decided to go to Egypt and accuse ירמיהו of being a false prophet. The entire company moves to Egypt where once again ירמיהו predicts their doom.
יַאֲזַנְיָהוּ בֶּן שָׁפָן (יחזקאל ח:ז-יג)
One of the elders of Israel near the end of the Judean kingdom. He is accused of joining Israel's leaders in idolatrous practices under the mistaken belief that God is unaware of their behaviour.
father of מָרְדְּכַי
יָאִיר בֶּן מְנַשֶּׁה (במדבר לב:מא, דברים ג:יד, דברי הימים א ב:כב )
יאיר is the son of שְגוּב . שגוב is the son of חצרון (grandson of יהודה ) and an unnamed granddaughter of מנשה . יאיר is therefore the great-great-grandson of מנשה . יאיר captures villages in גלעד , renaming them חַוֹּת יָאִיר . In the time of יהושע , Israel's first campaign against the town of עי ends in defeat, with the deaths of 36 soldiers. According to one opinion in the Gemara, יאיר בן מנשה was in fact the only casualty (סנהדרין מד .).
יָאִיר הַגִּלְעָדִי (שופטים י:ג-ה)
Eighth שופט of Israel, יאיר is from שבט מנשה and he rules for 22 years. He has 30 sons, each of whom owns his own city.
יֹאשִׁיָּה בֶּן צְפַנְיָה (חֵן בֶּן צְפַנְיָה) (זכריה ו:ט-טו )
A delegation of Jews from the community in בבל comes to ירושלים with a donation for the Temple. The prophet זכריה hosts them in יאשיה 's house.
יֹאשִׁיָּהוּ בֶּן אָמוֹן (מלכים א יג:ב, מלכים ב כב-כג, דברי הימים א ג:יד, דברי הימים ב לד-לה )
Sixteenth king of יהודה . יאשיהו is first mentioned several hundred years before his birth. ירבעם , the first king of divided Israel receives a message from a man of God that the altar he has erected in בית אל will years later be destroyed by יאשיהו , a descendant of דוד . After his father אמון is assassinated, the people install יאשיהו on the throne even though he is but eight years old. יאשיהו abandons the idolatry of his father and grandfather and instead chooses the path of his ancestor דוד . In the 18th year of his reign יאשיהו decides to renovate the בית המקדש . During the work, חלקיהו , the כהן גדול , discovers a ספר תורה . This he sends to the king who upon hearing the curses written in the תורה , tears his clothes. יאשיהו is terrified of the wrath of God described in the תורה and the possible punishments for sins the people might commit, since he fears that his populace is indeed guilty of such crimes. The king sends a team of five messengers to the prophetess חֻלְדָּה to inquire of the Lord, just how angry He is. The men return with the communication that God is planning to bring evil to the land but will wait until after the king's death as a reward for the humility that he has displayed. יאשיהו then convenes a national assembly at which he reads from the found תורה . The king binds the people in a covenant to strictly follow the laws of God. יאשיהו then embarks on a nation-wide campaign of reform to rid the people of idolatry and other sins. יאשיהו destroys altars for עבודה זרה constructed by his predecessors: שלמה , ירבעם , אחז and מנשה . The king conducts a Pesach seder, complete in all its details, something which apparently had been neglected for generations. Nevertheless, despite all of the work יאשיהו does in improving the nation, the text states that God plans to go ahead with His threat to destroy ירושלים . יאשיהו marches against פרעה נְכֹה , the king of Egypt, at מגדו , during the latter's campaign up Israel's coast, but יאשיהו is killed in battle. He had reigned for 31 years and is succeeded by his son יְהוֹאָחָז . The description of the פסח celebration in יאשיהו 's time (מלכים ב כג -כד ) forms the הפטרה for the second day of the holiday.
יְאָתְרַי בֶּן זֶרַח (דברי הימים א ו:ו)
יְבוּסִי (בראשית י:טז)
Descendants of כנען . (See the appendix on Biblical nations)
יִבְחָר בֶּן דָּוִד (שמואל ב ה:טו, דברי הימים א ג:ו )
A son of דוד born in ירושלים .
יָבִין מֶלֶךְ חָצוֹר (יהושע יא)
A Canaanite king, יבין forms a coalition of northern kingdoms to fight יהושע . The group is soundly thrashed.
יָבִין מֶלֶךְ כְּנַעַן (שופטים ד)
A mighty king in כנען , יבין rules over Israel for 20 years with the use of 900 iron chariots. יבין 's general, סיסרא loses a major battle to Israel led by ברק בן אבינעם following which יבין 's kingdom disintegrates.
יָבָל בֶּן לֶמֶךְ (בראשית ד:כ)
Son of the first למך and a shepherd.
יִבְנִיָּה (דברי הימים א ט:ח)
יִבְנְיָה בֶּן יְרֹחָם (דברי הימים א ט:ח)
A descendant of בנימין בן יעקב who is one of the early settlers in ירושלים following the Jews' return to their land.
father of זְכַרְיָהוּ
father of שַׁלֻּם
יִבְשָׂם בֶּן תּוֹלָע (דברי הימים א ז:ב )
יִגְאָל בֶּן יוֹסֵף (במדבר יג-יד)
The spy representing שבט יששכר sent to ארץ ישראל by משה . יגאל and nine of his colleagues return to the nation with an anxious message of doom, arguing that although the land of Israel is a good land, it is inhabited by fearsome opponents whom בני ישראל will be unable to defeat. כָּלֵב and יְהוֹשֻׁעַ , the remaining two spies, plead with the nation to ignore such pessimism and to trust that God will assist the nation in conquering the land. The people however, are persuaded by the majority of the spies and cry that they would have been better off dying in Egypt. God punishes בני ישראל for their lack of faith, condemning them to wander in the desert for forty years. God declares that since this generation has rejected the land, they will not inherit it; instead, their children will be the ones to enter the promised land. The ten faithless spies die in a plague (פרשת שלח ).
יִגְאָל בֶּן נָתָן מִצֹּבָה (שמואל ב כג:לו)
A hero in דוד 's army.
יִגְאָל בֶּן שְׁמַעְיָה (דברי הימים א ג:כב)
father of חָנָן
father of בֻּקִּי
יִדְבָּשׁ (דברי הימים א ד:ג)
יַדַּו (יַדַּי קרי) (עזרא י:מג)
יִדּוֹ בֶּן זְכַרְיָהוּ (דברי הימים א כז:כא )
יָדוֹן הַמֵּרֹנֹתִי (נחמיה ג:ז)
A גִבְעֹנִי who is credited with participating in the reconstruction of the walls of ירושלים in the time of נחמיה .
יַדּוּעַ (נחמיה י:כב)
A leader of the people during the time of נחמיה , ידוע is a signatory to a pledge - an אֲמָנָה - affirmed by the leaders of the community. Those who sign the declaration promise to observe the commandments of the Torah, to refrain from intermarrying, to avoid commerce on Shabbat, and to make regular donations to the Temple.