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I have a question regarding the blessings of the tribes in Bereishis 49. The Torah (49:14) states for example, "Issachar is a strong-boned ass, Crouching among the sheepfolds", which Rashi explains as "he bears the yoke of the Torah (i.e. obligations) like a strong ass upon which may be placed a heavy load" (citing the Midrash: Bereishit Rabbah 99:9, note that the Shelah explains why Issachar is compared to a donkey, and not to a lion for example: Torah Shebikhtav, Vayechi, Derekh Chayim 24).

The question is as follow: is there any commentary or a sefer that explains that each tribe, represents a certain aspect of Mashiach?

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  • Whilst Yissachar's prevailing attribute was one of talmud torah that doesn't mean other tribes were devoid of Torah study. Surely Rambam is just saying that Moshiach will be a good ben Torah. That doesn't mean he has to have roots in Yissachar?
    – Dov
    Oct 24 '21 at 19:55
  • Quite aside from the fact that there are numerous sources that point he will come from Dovid Hamelech....
    – Dov
    Oct 24 '21 at 19:58
  • Yeah exactly. I just made a connection to Yissachar as an illustration of my question. The question I was wondering about was if there is a deeper, hidden layer behind these blessings of the tribes, that refer to Mashiach. For example, is there a explanation that each tribe represents a certain aspect of Mashiach?
    – mvs
    Oct 24 '21 at 20:02
  • I really doubt it.
    – N.T.
    Oct 24 '21 at 21:15
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    You would assume that since Yaakov sought to reveal the end of days to his sons when he blessed them, and since the nusach of Hashem Echad, which Rashi says alludes to the days of mashiach originated when the tribes stood around Yaakov's deathbed, that there is indeed a connection between his blessings and mashiach.
    – pcoz
    Oct 24 '21 at 22:18

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