Asher - Son of Yaakov

Head of the tribe

Died: ,

The birth of Asher was connected to blessings and happiness.
Light a candle and meditate to have support for happiness and blessings (connectig to his birth and anem),  for sustenance (as he was blessed by his father)

Genesis 30:13 "וַתֹּאמֶר לֵאָה--בְּאָשְׁרִי, כִּי אִשְּׁרוּנִי בָּנוֹת; וַתִּקְרָא אֶת-שְׁמוֹ, אָשֵׁר" "And Leah said: 'Happy am I! for the daughters will call me happy.' And she called his name Asher."

The text of the Torah argues that the name of Asher means happy/blessing, implying a derivation from the Hebrew term 'eshan his in two variations—beoshri בְּאָשְׁרִי (meaning in my good fortune), and אִשְּׁרוּנִי  ishsheruni, which textual scholars attribute to different sources—one to YHVH and the other to ELOHM. 

Asher played a role in selling his brother Joseph into slavery (Gen. 37:23–36).Asher and his four sons and daughter settled in Canaan. On his deathbed, Jacob blesses Asher by saying

Genesis 49:20 "מֵאָשֵׁר, שְׁמֵנָה לַחְמוֹ; וְהוּא יִתֵּן, מַעֲדַנֵּי-מֶלֶךְ" "As for Asher, his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties".

Asher was the eighth son of the patriarch Jacob. Asher is represented as the younger brother of Gad; these two being the sons of Zilpah, the handmaid of Leah. The Biblical account shows Zilpah's status as a handmaid change to an actual wife of Jacob (Gen. 30:9). 

The Torah states that Asher had four sons and one daughter, who were born in Canaan and migrated with him to Egypt,with their descendants remaining there until the Exodus;  Asher's daughter, Serah (also transliterated as Serach), is the only granddaughter of Jacob mentioned in the Torah (Gen. 46:17). She was also mentioned in the book on Numbers (26:46) after the Israelites left Egypt. She is also mentioned in the Talmud. Her mother is not named; according to classical rabbinical literature, Serach's mother was named Hadurah, and was a descendant of Eber, but although Hadurah was a wife of Asher, it was her second marriage, and Serach's father was actually Hadurah's first husband, who had died. In classical rabbinical literature, Hadurah's marriage to Asher was his second marriage as well, his first having been to Adon, who was a descendant of Ishmael; the Book of Jubilees contradicts this, arguing instead that Asher's wife was named Ijon (which probably means dove).

Asher's sons were: Jimnah, Ishuah, Isui, and Beriah.



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