From the Desk - the Pronunciation of Yissachar
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What’s the Deal with… the Pronunciation of the name, Yissachar? This question was asked by Mark Sherman. The name of Yissachar (one of the sons of Jacob) is always written in Hebrew as Yissaschar (note the extra ‘s’). There are, however, different practices regarding how to pronounce it – some say ‘Yissachar’ and some say ‘Yissaschar’. So what’s the deal? One explanation is based on an incident with Yissachar’s son, Yov. It is taught that Yov complained to his father regarding his name because it was also the name of an idol. So Yov requests a name change. Yissachar complies by taking a letter ‘Sin’ from his own name and giving it to his son. With this added letter, Yov was now called ‘Yashuv’. Based on this, there are some who pronounce Yissaschar up until the point in the Torah where Yov is referred to as Yashuv and, thereafter, they pronounce the name ‘Yissachar’. A second approach teaches that the two letter ‘Sin’s in Yissachar’s name represent the word ‘sachar’ which can mean both payment and reward. The payment refers to Leah’s giving of mandrakes to Jacob so he would spend the night with her. The reward refers to Leah’s reaction when Yissachar is born, when she refers to his birth as a reward. Since one ’Sin’ recalls payment for martial relations, it is not pronounced.