The commandment to "be fruitful and multiply" the Krishevsky family follows quite closely. Last Saturday, the great grandmother, Rachel Krishevsky passed away at the age of 99, leaving behind no less than 1,400 children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and even great-great-grandchildren.
Married at nineteen, Rachel raised eleven children. Those children obviously followed their parents' examples with large families, giving Rachel 150 grandchildren. As the generations increased, producing about 1,000 great-grandchildren. Now there are great-great-grandchildren as well.
Due to their great numbers, the family is not quite clear on precisely how many descendants there are. "The estimate in the family is that we are about 1,400 people since almost all of those from the family line were blessed with many children," said one of the grandchildren Wednesday.
You can read more in the ynetnews.com web site at http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3778275,00.html.
My thanks to Robert Landau for telling me about this story.