Issachar is the ninth son of Jacob. One interpretation of his name is "man of reward" (Hebrew: shcar). His mother Leah also gave birth to Reuben, Judah, Simeon, Levi and Zebulun. Issachar was the product of the mandrake incident (Genesis 30:9-18) and was involved in the plot to sell his brother Joseph in slavery.
Issachar settled in Egypt after the famine in Canaan and had four sons: Tolah, Puvvah, Yov and Shimron. The descendants of Issachar are men of learning according to Jewish tradition.
Issachar's banner (flag) was a very dark-blue. His emblem was Sun and Moon, as it is written: There was Issachar sons who were expert astronomers. His gem was sapir. A popular legend tells about the special arrangement between Zebulun and Issachar. The brothers decided that Issachar would dedicate himself to thee studying of the Tora, and that Zebulun would provide for him. This is hinted by the verse, "Rejoice, O Zebulun, on your journeys, and Issachar, in your tents"! The general green coloration of the window symbolizes the Land of Galilee, where the hereditary territory of this tribe as situated.
"Issachar is a strong donkey, lying down between two burdens; he saw that rest was good, and that the land was pleasant; He bowed his shoulder to bear a burden, and became a band of slaves." (Genesis 49:14, 15)
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