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Monday, January 26, 2009

Asher Ben Ya'akov, Shevat, and Mishnayos

To have a clear understanding of everything here, you may want to refer to my today's scrolled down blogs. But basically, Rabbi Moshe Breslover, whose Yahrzeit is Rosh Chodesh Shevat, composed a Sefer called Ner La'Tzadik that parallels the learning of Mishnayos as per the Niftar's Yiddishe Numen. It says of Asher Ben Ya'akov that he sits at the gates of Gehinnom, and doesn't let anyone who learned Mishnayos pass through? Why particularly Asher of all the Shevatim or other Tzadikim? I don't know to this day (though there is a Remez to this in Ya'akov's Beracha for Asher - Me'Asher Shmeina Lachmo, where the word Shmeina has the same letters as Mishna. Also, the first word of the Mishnayos - Mei'eimasai - has the same Gematria as Asher - 501). But it is true that as the months correspond to the Shevatim, the corresponding Shevet for Chodesh Shevat is Asher Ben Ya'akov.


Anonymous said...

Tonight is the Hillula of ASHER BEN YAAKOV AVINU.
Some Light a Ner of Shemen Zayis in his Memory ZY"A

shimonmatisyahu said...

As per Asher's Yahrzeit - I have seen two different versions - Beis Shevat & Chof Shevat. Guess the difference started on a copyist's error, as a Beis & a Chof at times can look similar. The proof to this is in the Haskama for the Petek where it is written B'Zayin
- on the 7th - of Iyar. Now, if the Haskama is seen in small print the Beis in B'Zayin can look like a Chof, and thus I have seen it translated as Chof Zayin - 27 - Iyar. But I know for a fact that it was on the 7th of Iyar, but this is how copyist's errors happens. In any case, whenever Asher's Yahrzeit is on this month, the month itself corresponds to Shevet Asher.