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Nasi Shimon

by Reb Nati

(This is for yesterday, a day late.)

Niseim – 5 Nisan Shevet Shimon – Shelumi'El

בַּיּוֹם֙ הַֽחֲִישִׁ֔י נָשִׂ֖יא לִבְנֵ֣י שִׁמְע֑וֹן שְׁלֻֽמִיאֵ֖ל בֶּן־צוּרִֽישַׁדָּֽי: קָרְבָּנ֞וֹ קַֽעֲרַת־כֶּ֣סֶף אַחַ֗ת שְׁלֹשִׁ֣ים וּמֵאָה֘ מִשְׁקָלָהּ֒ מִזְרָ֤ק אֶחָד֙ כֶּ֔סֶף שִׁבְעִ֥ים שֶׁ֖קֶל בְּשֶׁ֣קֶל הַקֹּ֑דֶשׁ שְׁנֵיהֶ֣ם ׀ מְלֵאִ֗ים סֹ֛לֶת בְּלוּלָ֥ה בַשֶּׁ֖מֶן לְמִנְחָֽה: כַּ֥ף אַחַ֛ת עֲשָׂרָ֥ה זָהָ֖ב מְלֵאָ֥ה קְטֹֽרֶת: פַּ֣ר אֶחָ֞ד בֶּן־בָּקָ֗ר אַ֧יִל אֶחָ֛ד כֶּֽבֶשׂ־אֶחָ֥ד בֶּן־שְׁנָת֖וֹ לְעֹלָֽה: שְׂעִיר־עִזִּ֥ים אֶחָ֖ד לְחַטָּֽאת: וּלְזֶ֣בַֽח הַשְּׁלָמִים֘ בָּקָ֣ר שְׁנַ֒יִם֒ אֵילִ֤ם חֲמִשָּׁה֙ עַתֻּדִ֣ים חֲמִשָּׁ֔ה כְּבָשִׂ֥ים בְּנֵֽי־שָׁנָ֖ה חֲמִשָּׁ֑ה זֶ֛ה קָרְבַּ֥ן שְׁלֻֽמִיאֵ֖ל בֶּן־צוּרִֽישַׁדָּֽי:

The 5th day’s Nasi is from Shevet Shimon, Shelumi'El ben TzuriShadai.

Shevet Shimon ben Yaakov Avinu Hatzadik.

Bzchus Shevet Shimon Ben Yaakov Avinu May Hashem Hear Our Tefillos And Bring The Geula SHleima B’Karov.Amen!!! Zecher Tzaddik V’Kadosh Livracha. Z”YA Amen!!!

The symbol of the Tribe of Shimon is the city of Shechem.

The gemstone of the Tribe of Shimon is a Jade(Pitda)

The flag banner of the Tribe of Shimon is a green color

Bzchus Shevet Shimon Ben Yaakov Avinu May Hashem Hear Our Tefillos And Bring The Geula SHleima B’Karov . Amen!!!

Shimon ben Yaakov
(ca. 1567 B.C.E. – ca. 1447 B.C.E.)

Shimon is the second son of Yaakov and Leah. His mother, who is less-loved than her sister and co-wife, Rachel*, feels the sting of that fact throughout her life, as is seen in the names that she gives her sons. In the case of Shimon, Leah is quite explicit. She thanks HaShem in a bitter-sweet way, saying “...because HaShem understood that I am the hated one [the Hebrew word ‘shoma,’ that means both ‘to hear’ and ‘to understand’ is used] he gave me another son as well, and she called his name ‘Shimon’.” (Bereshit 29:33)

The name Shimon is linked to that of his brother Levi in Sefer Bereshit. The two of them were a combustible mix. We see this in their revenge against Prince Schem ben Chamor and his entire city for the Prince’s rape of Dinah, the daughter of Yaakov and Leah. When the residents of that city had approached Yaakov regarding a possible merger, they had been told by Shimon and Levi that their proposal would only be accepted if the male population would be circumcised, a condition that they accepted. On the third day following the circumcision procedure, when the pain is greatest, and the patient is most helpless, the Chumash tells us that Shimon and Levi killed the entire male population. The midrash commenting on the Scriptural expression, “...Shimon and Levi ‘ish charbo...,’ each man with his sword,...’ adds that they were both age thirteen when they performed this act of revenge for Dinah.

Sefer Bereshit provides part of the dialogue that followed between their father and them, “And Yaakov said to Shimon and Levi, ‘You have caused me great harm... I am but few in number. If they should band together and attack me, I will be annihilated – I and my household.’ And they said, ‘Should he treat our sister as a harlot!?’ ” (Bereshit 34: 30-31)

We find in “Birchot Yaakov” (The “Blessings” of Jacob), “Shimon and Levi are brothers, weaponry is a stolen (from Esav) craft...Cursed be their anger, for it is intense...and I will disperse them in Israel.” (Bereshit 49:5,7) Part of the dispersal of Shimon was the fact that most of the poor, the scribes and the teachers of little children came from that Tribe, and all the Tribes required that their children be educated. Later in history, many of the great Tannaim and Amoraim also took the name “Shimon,” such as “Shimon HaTzaddik,” Shimon the Righteous, Shimon ben Shetach, Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel, Rabbi Shimon ben Lakish (“Resh Lakish”), etc.

In Egypt, when Yoseph was viceroy, Shimon was separated by Yoseph, apparently to be his slave, in repayment for Shimon’s throwing him into the pit at the time that he was sold by the brothers. Shimon said, “Who will attempt to take me prisoner?” When Yoseph sent some Egyptian soldiers to do that, Shimon just shouted at them and they fell down and broke their teeth. Then Yoseph indicated that his son Menashe should take Shimon into custody; Menashe struck him once and placed him in chains in the jail. But as soon as the brothers departed, Yoseph took Shimon out, fed him, gave him what to drink, allowed him to be washed and anointed with oil.
Yaakov had also said, “Into their conspiracy let my soul not enter.”

According to Rashi, citing Sanhedrin 82a, this is a reference to the incident that occurred in the Wilderness involving Zimri ben Solu, the Head of the Tribe of Shimon at that time, who was killed by Pinchas while he was committing an immoral act with Cozbi bas Tzur, a Midianite Princess.

In Parashat VeZot HaBerachah, where Moshe blesses the other Tribes, Moshe omits mention of the Tribe of Shimon. His Tribe did not receive a contiguous share of the Land, although they were given various cities in Eretz Yisrael but shared in the portions of the Tribes who were their hosts.

Shevet Shimon became famous for becoming the Melamdim (Rebbis for the children) Hereby bringing unbounded zchus for the Shevet. In order to be Rabbeim they had to use extreme patience hereby fixing and perfecting their struggle with impatience.

As they were extremely close in life, Shimon and Levi were buried near each other in the City of Matzada, which was given to the Tribe of Shimon.

May The Zchus of Shevet Shimon Protect us all Amein!!!!!

May it be Hashems Will and Greatest Mercy that all the Neshamos of these Shevatim and all Neshamos of Yisrael be uplifted in the Avoda of These Shevatim And all that have fallen from these Shevatim and from all the Shevatim be uplifted to their Proper place in the Zchus of Shevet Reuven and Shevet Shimon ben Yaakov Avinu and their Nessiim. May it be His Will Yehihyu LRatzon Imrei Fi V’Hegyon Libi Lifanecha Adonai Tzuri V’Goali. Amen.V’Amen!!!

VeHaya A-Donai L’MELECH AL Kul Ha’Aretz BaYom Hahu Yiheye A-Donai Echad u’SHmoi ECHAD!!!!

iloi Nishmas Moshe Yaakov ben Pesach Z"L - A dear friend Dr. Marvin Carus Z'L

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