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Good Grain

Written by Rabbi Yehoshua Alt, 22/12/2019

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Good Grain

              The six orders of Mishnayos correspond to the six shepherds. Avraham, the first shepherd, lines up with the first of the Mishnayos. This is shown to us in the Gemara that says (Avraham embodied Emuna) refers to the order of .[1] Moreover, in context to Avraham, it states ', he trusted in Hashem.[2] Belief is required for planting as well since the seed first rots. The next section of Mishnayos is . This matches up with Yitzchak as it says concerning him .[3] Yaakov parallels . Indeed, Yaakov married four wives. Furthermore, has an identical Gematria (400) to ,[4] I have everythingthe famous statement of Yaakov. Next is Moshe who is associated with since he judges the nation.[5] Following Moshe is Aharon, the one who is connected to , Korbonos, as he is the Kohen Gadolthe one involved in Korbonos. Yosef corresponds to , as he overcomes the test with Potifars wife. Dovid Hamelech lines up with , secrets of Torah. In fact, he says ... , open my eyes that I may perceive the wonders from your Torah.[6]


These seven also line up with the days of the week. Sunday is connected to Avraham because that is when creation began. Avraham embodies the trait of and it says , the world is built on kindness.[7] Monday is paired with Yitzchak as that is the day of division[8] as well as when Gehinom was created.[9] It is no wonder that the Shir Shel Yom of Monday begins , division. This is the attribute of Yitzchak, . The same pattern follows with Yaakov to Tuesday,[10] Moshe to Wednesday[11] and Aharon to[12] Thursday.[13] Yosef is associated with Friday, the day of preparation as ..., whoever toiled on Friday will eat on Shabbos.[14] Indeed, on Friday it says ..., on the sixth day when they prepare what they bring, it will be double what they pick every day.[15] Yosef is this idea as it says , have meat slaughtered and prepare it.[16] We mentioned Yosef lines up with which corresponds to Friday. It is on Friday that one purifies himself for Shabbos!


That which one does can spill over into his possessions since they are an extension of him.[17] This is illustrated by the donkey of Pinchas Ben Yair that didnt eat barley which wasnt tithed.[18] This is also shown to us by Yosef with his grain as Yaakov felt the purity. He, therefore, remarked , there were provisions in Mitzrayim.[19] The word can also mean hope as in , the eyes of all look to you with hope.[20] That is to say, who else can have pure grain that doesnt rot? Only a Tzadik who is , purelike Yosef.[21] Consequently, the Gematria of is the same as (884).














Rabbi Alt merited to learn under the tutelage of R Mordechai Friedlander Ztzl for close to five years. He received Semicha from R Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Rabbi Alt has written on numerous topics for various websites and publications. He lives with his wife and family in a suburb of Yerushalayim where he studies, writes and teaches. The author is passionate about teaching Jews of all levels of observance.

[1] Shabbos 31a, Yeshaya 33:6.

[2] Breishis 15:6.

[3] Breishis 18:14.

[4] Breishis 33:11.

[5] Shemos 18:16.

[6] Tehillim 119:18.

[7] Tehillim 89:3.

[8] Breishis 1:6,7. This is the day the waters split.

[9] One is unity whereas two is separation (which is what occurred on the second dayMonday). For this reason, the word for two, , is in plural form unlike the other numbers in the single digits.

[10] We know that Yaakovs traitTiferesis a blend of Avraham and Yitzchaks. On the 3rd day, the vegetation, herbage as well as fruit yielding trees were created (Breishis 1:11-12). These are produced from light (which was created on Sunday, Avraham) and water (Monday, Yitzchak).

[11] Moshe is compared to the sun (Baba Basra 75a) and it is on Wednesday that the sun was created (Breishis 1:16). Additionally, when Korach and his assembly rebelled against Moshe, the sun and moonwhich were created on Wednesdayprotested. They said to Hashem, if you render justice for Moshe, then we will illuminate the earth. If not, we wont (Sanhedrin 110a).  

[12] On Thursday, the birds were created. The Kohen (Aharon) plays a vital role when they are offered as Korbonos. Moreover, , be fruitful and multiply (Breishis 1:22) was said on this day. It is Aharon that put couples back together causing many more children to be created in the world.

[13] the seventhmatches up with Shabbos, the seventh day, as we say in the Shabbos Shemoneh Esrei , they shall rejoice in your kingship, those who observe Shabbos. Additionally, it is called , the Shabbos queen.

[14] Avoda Zara 3a.

[15] Shemos 16:5. Also, Yosef has two sons that become Shevatim. This connects to Friday, as it is only on this day, a double portion of was taken.

[16] Breishis 43:16.

[17] See Tzidkas Hatzadik 197.

[18] Chullin 7a. See Breishis Rabba 60:8.

[19] Breishis 42:1,2.

[20] Tehillim 145:15. See Rashi 42:1, s.v. .

[21] Yosef is not a Shevet like his brothers because Menashe and Efraim are Shevatim in his place. Indeed, Targum Onkolos remarks on (Breishis 49:26) , separate from his brothers. That is to say, he is not called a Shevet like them (Kedushas Levi, Vayechi, s.v. ). Yosef is on the level of a , shepherd, not merely a as it says , Yosef was a shepherd (Breishis 37:2). Likewise, it states concerning Yosef (49:24). (A is a higher level since a shepherd is on all of the Jewish people.) Additionally, is a contraction of and   (see Rashi there) since he was a shepherd (which is the level between an the Avosand , Shevet).

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