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Daily manna from the Torah by Dr Ketriel Blad

Vezot HaBrachah 54-4

And this is the blessing

Deuteronomy 33:18-21

Of Zevulun he said, rejoice, Zevulun, in your going out; Yissakhar, in your tents. They shall call the peoples to the mountain; there shall they offer sacrifices of righteousness: for they shall suck the abundance of the seas, the hidden treasures of the sand.

Deut. 33:18-19 HNV

Who can rejoice more, the one who goes out or the one who stays?

This is a wonderful example of brotherly love. The tribes of Zevulun and Yissakhar worked together in the Eternal’s work. Both lived near the sea (Gen. 49:13) and Zevulun was joyful in his fishing business and other activities that served to supply the needs of Yissakhar, as he studied Torah in his tents. If it had not been for Zevulun, Yissakhar would never have been able to study in that way. Zevulun was younger than Yissakhar, but in this text he is mentioned first because of his practical love in providing for his brother in his studies. This merit places him above his older brother. These two worked together for the expansion of the Kingdom. They needed each other. Zevulun went out and told of Israel’s faith and invited the gentiles to come and visit Israel. Yissakhar was dedicated to studying and teaching the Torah so that Israel and those who united with Israel would be able to serve the Eternal in the right way.

According to Rashi, Yissakhar contributed 200 people to the Sanhedrin throughout the history of Israel, as it is written in 1 Chronicles 12:32-33: "Of the children of Yissakhar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Yisra'el ought to do, the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brothers were at their commandments. Of Zevulun, such as were able to go out in the army, who could set the battle in array, with all manner of instruments of war, fifty thousand, and who could order the battle array, and were not of double heart."(HNV revised)

We need both these kinds of people in our midst. Some work in business, bringing practical and financial support to the Kingdom and backing up those who study the Torah so that prophetic revelation is not lacking at any time. Without the support of Zevulun, Yissakhar would not have been able to study the Torah. Without the support of Yissakhar, Zevulun would never have partaken of revelations and heavenly things. Blessed be the Eternal for this wonderful cooperation!

I believe that both rejoice the same way – the one who goes out and the one who stays, don’t you think? The truth is that the one who can rejoice in his work has received a great blessing.

Kol tuv,


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