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Characteristics of the Tribe of Issachar

[Based on the work ("Shivtei Yisrael") of Rabbi Fishel Mael.]

[Basic Outlines Only for the Present.  At a later date we may add more details. ]

The following notes are derived from the work of Rabbi Fishel Mael. He brings sources for everything he says.


Issachar was compared to a large (bony) donkey.
Suffered degradation. Inclination to coarseness of behavior, materialistic.

All the sons of Leah have something of the feminine aspect of going out, of externalization, in the negative sense of exhibitionism.
These aspects of Leah were especially evident in the birth of Issachar.
Women have intuitive understanding. In Hebrew this quality is referred to as Binah.
Issachar were known for their intellectual comprehension, for their Binah:

.# ..from Issachar, men who understood the times, and knew what Israel ought to do...(1-Chronicles 12:32) #
[Intellectual achievement is often an out come of applied intuitive understanding as of deduction.]
Members of  Issachar have strength and sufferance.

Issachar and Zebulon received their inheritances in the central northern section.
In this they differed from their brothers (of the same mother, Leah) who were more blessed with the quality Compassion, in Hebrew "Chesed".
Isscachar and Zebulon in some respects were more like their father Jacob than their mother Leah.
Issachar is closer to  the handmaiden Tribes.

Rabbi Akiva had aspects of Issachar. When Akiva was young he hated the Sages. He said he would have liked to bite them like a wild donkey known for the severity of its bite.
Later he repented and became one of the leading Sages of all time. He may have been the mentor of Bar Kokba.

Issachar was know for the success of his Torah learning.
Zebulon helped support the learning of Issachar.

Members of  Issachar were experts in computing astronomical calculations.
The sin and moon symbols of Issachar also represent the submission of the female to the male. This is needed to enable procreation and continuation.
The birth of Issachar emanated from a good match and domestic felicity in action.

Issachar was prominent in the war of Deborah the Prophetess against the Canaanites (Judges chapter 4). Both the advisors and many of the warriors of Deborah came from Issachar.
The characteristics of Barak and Deborah were mirror reflections on the positive side of holiness against those of the Canaanites they were fighting against.
Barak and Deborah realized the need of Israel at the time and practised self-abnegation for the sake of all.

For More on this Subject:
The Tribe of Issachar.Tribal Characteristics in a Nutshell.

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