Monday, August 04, 2008

Yosef ben Shimon

Reb Tzadok HaKohen explains why the Gemora (Daf Yomi: Gittin 24b) uses the example of Yosef ben Shimon, a name that we do not find this sort of combination in the Torah. The Gemora could have used Reuven ben Yaakov! Why was this combination chosen?

He says that all of Klal Yisroel are called by the name Yosef, for they guard the covenant. Yet we find that twenty-four thousand members from the Tribe of Shimon died in the plague of Pe’or (which involved acting promiscuously with the women of Midyan), something that was completely contrary to the attributes of Yosef. One can therefore mistakenly think that the descendants of Shimon should not be called after the name of Yosef. It is for this precise reason that Chazal chose the name Yosef ben Shimon. It is to demonstrate that even the Tribe of Shimon is still connected to Yosef.


Anonymous said...

i know we dont write last names in gittin .. but why not add last name.. similar to case of nicknames ???