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Opening words and sweet sayings:
Blessed is the Lord Who has chosen David His servant and
his children after him. And sworn by His sacred Name that his candle will not be extinguished for all of eternity. As it says, Once have I sworn
by My holiness, that I will not fail unto David. His seed shall endure forever, and his throne shall be like the sun before Me. His seed also I
will make to endure forever, and his throne will not turn away from it. One of the sons of your belly will I set upon your throne. If your children
will keep my covenant and My testimony, that I will teach them, then your children too will sit on your throne forevermore. And it says, There
shall never fail you a man before me to sit upon the throne of Israel. And it says, There shall not fail you a man to be ruler in Israel. And it
says, The scepter shall not leave Judah, which in Targum Onkelos is rendered as, The ruler shall not leave the house of Judah, until the
arrival of Shiloh, speedily in our days, Amen
David, King of Israel - The root of Jesse: Born 2854 Died 2924
First Generation: David King of Israel, the son of Jesse, the sweet singer,
whose name shines like the sun, and his memory and his songs are forever. He was the second king of Jeshurun, who was anointed
by the prophet Samuel by the word of God, as it says in I Samuel chapter 16 “And Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him
amongst his brothers.” He was born in 2854, and reigned for forty years. He reigned in Hebron for seven years and six months, and
in Jerusalem for thirty-three years. He passed away in the year 2924 on the Sabbath, during minha time. In the Jerusalem Talmud it
says that he died on Shavuaot, and Israel mourned and brought the sacrifice on the morrow (Seder Hadorot, page 30:a). Josephus,
section 7, chapter 12, writes that Shlomo left a great amount of gold and silver in his grave. At some point, Horkanos took out 3000
ingots of silver and gave it to Antiochus. This was also the case with Herod, and no one else entered the grave. At some later point
Herod wanted to enter the grave secretly, so he sent two young boys at night and waited for them by the entrance to the grave, but a
fire erupted, burning the boys, and he ran away. He then build a beautiful building on the grave. (Seder Hadorot in the name of
Shalshelet HaKabbalah). In the book Masa ot Benyamin it is written that for the last 15 years, their prayer hall on Mount Zion was
fallen down. The priest therefore commanded that stones be taken from ruins of previous building s in order to build their prayer house.
They excavated and found a large stone. They lifted it out, revealing a door to a cave. They opened it up and found a building set
on gilded marble pillars, a table with a golden crown upon I, and two closed chests. When they tried to enter, a stormy wind erupted
from the cave, knocking them to the ground. They could not get up until evening. Then came a wind, which seemed to be speaking
in a human voice. It said to them, Get up and be gone. It seemed to them as if they were being expelled, and they were ill for several
days. They told the priest what had transpired, and he ordered that the place be restored as it had been before. This is the place where
King David of blessed memory was buried. His son Shlomo and the other kings of Judah are buried on his left.
Shlomo his Son: Born 2912 Died 2964
Second Generation: Shlomo the son of David, who was born to him by Batsheba, (who in Chronicles is
called Bat Shua the daughter of Amial), the third king that reigned over Israel, who ruled in Jerusalem. He was born in 2912, when David was
58 years old, and was a soul-spark of Moshe. He was later reincarnated in the prophet Jeremiah, when he was taken for a mocker and a fool
and cast into the dungeon (Seder Hadorot page 30b and 34c). He became kin when he was 12 years old, in 2924, and he lived for 52
years, whereas he reigned for forty years. It is written in the Sifri that Shlomo and Samuel lived the same number of years, so he must have
begun his reign at the age of 12. He built the Temple in the fourth year of his reign (2928), 480 years after the Exodus from Egypt. He
build it over a period of seven years, and in the eleventh year of his reign, the Temple was completed. In Shalshelet Hakabbalah (p. 98) it
is written that David presented his son Shlomo to Natan the Prophet, who became his main instructor. It is said that in addition to the books
written by Shlomo that are part of the Bible, he wrote books on the nature of trees, herbs, animals, beasts, and birds, and also on conjurations
against demons and spirits, called Shlomo’s Key. It is written in the Zohar (parshat Pinchas 33a) that the Great Eagle came to Shlomo daily,
and Shlomo would ride on its wings. It would take him a distance of four hundred furlongs in one hour. It would take him to Tarmoud in the
wilderness, in the Mountains of Darkness, where all the spirits and evil sprites gather, where no man, or even birds, may go. Solomon would
write on a piece of paper, and throw it there, so as to be saved. The eagle would also search in the Mountains of Darkness where Azza and
Azael are bound in iron chains, and when he saw them, he would take Shlomo under his left wing and stand on the iron chains. Then Shlomo
would take out a seal upon which the Ineffable Name was written and place it in the mouth of the Eagle. They would then tell Shlomo everything
that he desired of them. It is from there that Shlomo knew wisdoms, as it says, And he build Tarmoud in the wilderness – it does not say
vayivne, which would imply building, but rather vayiven, which implies understanding, for it was there that he knew and understood wisdoms. The
Queen of Sheba, who came to see his wisdom, was the queen of a different land, and she asked Shlomo riddles and parables, all of which he
answered fittingly. She gave him presents and plants that produced every medicine that Shlomo had in his kingdom (Seder Hadorot, p. 34d). On
31b it says that when all the kings of the House of David would be taken before the High Priest, they would say, Offer respect to the Court
[Rabbi Haim Dayan shlit”a points out that the correct reading here is not beit din – court; but Beit David – the House of David].
The author of Hibat Zion writes in his article Mevaseret Zion: The following is written in the book Ahavat Zion: I found a man in Tzefat by the name
of Haham Rabbi Efrayim Dayan, from a city in Syria, and he is descended from King David, of blessed memory. He is sincere, straightforward, and
a very handsome man. I asked him, “How many generations removed is my master from King David?” and he replied, “Seventy four generations
from King David.” He told me that were he to sign a legal verdic, even the king would not rescind his decision, in honor of King David, of blessed
memory. This was the reason he was called Rabbi Efrayim Dayan. It is written in the family tree of my father, my teacher, the crown of the beauty
of my head, of blessed memory, that anyone who harms this family will not succeed.
Shlomo passed away in the year 2964.
Rehav’am his Son - the Root of Jesse: Born 2923 Died 2981
Third Generation: Rehav’am the son of Shlomo, who reigned after his father, as it says in I
Kings chap. 11 “and Shlomo laid down…and his son Rehav’am reigned in his stead”, in the year 2964. He was the first king to reign over Judah and
Benjamin after the kingdom was divided between the Davidic line and Yerov’am, who ruled over the ten tribes. The prophet Ahiya Hashiloni prophesied that
[as punishment] for the thirty-six years that Shlomo was married to the daughter of Pharaoh, whom he married during the fourth year of his reign, a decree
was decreed on the Davidic line that the kingdom would be divided. It should have been reunited during the time of Asa, in the 17th year of his reign, for
then the 36 years had been completed – the 17 years of Rehav’am, the 3 of Aviya, and the 16 of Asa. Asa confounded this, by sending a bribe to the
king of Aram to fight against Basha, and not relying on God. When the kingdom was divided at the time of Rehav’am, it was not reunited, and was
thereafter two kingdoms. In the days of the Messiah it will be reunited, as it is written, “And there will be one king for them all, and they will no longer
be divided into two kingdoms.” And it says, “And David my servant will be their king.” Rehav’am was coronated in Shechem, and Shechem is prone to
catastrophe. Dinah was raped in Shechem; Joseph was sold in Shechem; and in Shechem the kingdom of David was divided. Rehav’am was 41 years old
when he became king, as it says in I Kings, chapter 14. He reigned for 17 years in Jerusalem, the city God chose for His name. The name of his mother
was Na’ama the Amonite. He was born in 2923, and in the year 2964, when he was 41 years old, he became king. He reigned 17 years and died in 2981.
Aviya his Son: Born N/A Died 2983
Fourth Generation: Aviya the sone of Rehav’am reigned after his father, as it says in I Kings, chapter 14, “And Rehav’am
was laid to rest with his fathers…and Aviya his son ruled in his stead.” He ruled for three years, from 2981. He waged war with Yerov’am all his days. The
name of his mother was Ma’acha the dauther of Avshalom. In II Chronicles chapter 13 she is called Michiyahu the daughter of Uriel. Rashi writes that Ma’acha
the daughter of Uriel is a nickname. He caused 500,000 of Israel to fall, and died in 2983, and was buried in Rome in a crypt.
Asa his Son - the Root of Jesse: Born N/A Died 3024
Fifth Generation: Asa the son of Aviya reigned in his father’s stead, as it says in I Kings, chapter 15,
“And Aviya was laid to rest with his fathers, and Asa his son ruled in his stead.” He ruled for 41 years, and when he was old his legs grew sick. The rabbis
said that he got arthritis, from a draft that came between the joints of his legs, which was very painful. Asa reigned from the year 2983, and died in the year 3024.
Yehoshafat his Son: Born 2989 Died 3049
Sixth Generations: Yehoshafat the son of Asa reigned in his father’s stead, as it says in I Kings, chapter 14, “And Asa
was laid to rest with his fathers, and Yehoshafat his son ruled in his stead.” He was 35 years old when he became king (3024), and reigned for 25 years.
It is not reckoned as 21 or 23 years, since Yehoram his son reigned for two years during his life, and these 2 years are taken into account as part of the
eight years the Yehoram ruled. Yehoshafat died in 3049 (some say 3047). In the chapter Shnei Dayanei Gezeirot (tractate Ketubot – trans.) it says: “ When
he would see a sage he would get off his chair, embrace him, and kiss him, and would call him Rabbi, Rabbi, my teacher my teacher.”
Yehoram his Son: Born N/A Died 3055
Seventh Generation: Yehoram the sone of Yehoshafat, reigned in two years during his father's lifetime and for six years
after his father died as it says “and Yehoshafat was laid to rest with his father's Yehoram and his son reigned after him.” He ascended to the throne in 3046
and killed all his brothers and his father's house. In 3048, he received a letter from you guys checked the prophet as it says in II Chronicles, chapter 21: “And
he said to him, so he says God as you have not gone in no way east of the Yehoshafat your father behold God will send it great plague on your people, your
children, and your wives, and all your possessions, and you will be with evil maladies of the intestines, until your bowels come out.” And it says, “In the course
of time...his bowels cannot by reason of his sickness; and he died in great agony.” This letter came from Elijah seven years after Elijah ascended into the
heavens, Seder Olam. The Radak writes that Elijah, of blessed memory, revealed himself through the spirit of prophecy to one of the profits, and put the words
of the letter in his mouth. He told him to write it in the form of a letter and to bring it to Yehoram, and to tell him that this letter was sent to him by Elijah.
Yehoram would then realize that this letter was sent to him from on high, and he would humble his heart and know that he did evil. How do we know that this
letter came from the Niger after it was hidden? For when Yehoshafat made an alliance with the son Ahav to go to war against Moav, (it is written) “And
Yehoshafat said, is there no prophet here? And he said, Here is Elisha the son of Shafat, who poured water on the hands of Elijah.” Elisha did not part from
Elijah until his ascent. It also says ”that poured water” in the past tense, rather than “that pours” in the present tense (and of quote from the Radak). In the
eighth year of his reign he died of evil diseases of the intestines, in the year 3055.
His son Ahaz: Born N/A Died 3056
Eigth Generation: Ahaz the son of Yehoram reigned in his father stay, has it says in II Kings, chapter 8: ”And Yehoram was
laid to rest with his fathers, and Ahaz his son reigned after him.” He was 22 years old when he became king, in the year 3055. He reigned for one year
and was assassinated by Yehu the son of Nemshi his mother was Ataliya the daughter of Ahav. In II Chronicles chap.22 she is called the daughter of Omri,
since grandchildren are considered like children. Ataliya reigned for six years, from the year 3056 until 3061. After the death of her son Ahaz, she killed all
the royal heirs of the house of David, except for Yoash The Son of Ahaz, who was a year old. Yehosheva the daughter of King Yehoram, the wife of Yehoyada
the Cohen, stole him away and hid him for six years until Ataliya was killed. During the summer she would put him in the attic of the Temple, and during the
rainy season, in the cellar (see Seder Hadorot page 32d, in the name of Yalqut). He also writes: And I saw it in mean of Philo the Jew that David commanded
that the smallest of his sons should reign, meaning Shlomo. And if his son or his children were to die without descendents, and the older speech and it should
reign. They are called the brothers of the Minister as it appears from I Kings chap. 4. (missing line from Seder Hadorot: And from time until the time of Yehoshafat
and Amatzya, zera natan referred to brothers of the ministers), as it seems from II Chronicles, chapter 21. And Yehoram alone remained from the descendents of
Shlomo when his son Ahaz was killed, Ataliya tried to kill all the kingly line, and Yoash alone remained of David's descendents Ahaz died in 3056, and his mother
ruled from 3056 until 3061
His Son Yoash - Root of Jesse: Born 3054 Died 3101
Ninth Generation: Yoash, the son of Ahaz, reigned after the death of Ataliya the mother of his father. He
was seven years old when he began his reign, and he reigned for 40 years, from the year 3061. Evyatar was reincarnated in Yoash, being Evyatar the son of
Ahimeleh who survived from Nov, the city of priests, and he also remained from David Cid. This is what the rabbis meant when I said, “If Evyatar had not survived,
no one would have remained from David's seed.” Yoav, the Minister of the Army who was killed by Benayahu ben Yehoyada in the time of Shlomo, was reincarnated
in Yoash. Yoash was crowned by Yehoyada the priest, since Yehoyada wanted to rectify (tiqqun) Yoav's having been killed by Benayahu. However, the rectification
did not occur, since Yoash returned and killed the Zechariah, who was a reincarnation of Benayahu, who had killed Yoav during the time of Solomon. Even though
he was justified in killing him, Yoav was almost the Head of the Sanhedrin, and the Holy One, blessed be He, does not cause unpleasantness to happen through
the agency of the righteous. Benayahu therefore it needed healing for his sin, which was why he was reincarnated in Zechariah, who was killed by Yoash, a
reincarnation of Yoav. The letter bet exchanges places with the letter shin according to the Atbash alphabet (Hesed LeAvraham, spring 20, river 55). Before
Zechariah was killed, he approached Israel, saying, “Why do you go against the commandments of God?” Even know in this rebuke was justified, he was punished,
for the Holy One, blessed be He, once good to be said about Israel. This is why he was punished, and major reincarnated. His spirit was manifested in to righteous
man, Shmaya and Avtalyon. Shmaya the Prince manifested in Zechariah spirit (ruah), while Avtalyhon, the Head of The Rabbinical Court, manifested his soul (nefesh).
They were righteous converts, who had first come to other gods, of the sort Zechariah had reviled. Yoash died in 3101. In the 39th year of his reign Yoash
commanded that Zechariah the son of Yehoyada the High Priest, prophet, and judge, be killed on in the Temple on a day that was both the Sabbath and
Yom Kippur, in the year 3100. One year later, the king was killed by his servants, who conspired against him and killed him in his bed. He did not receive a
royal burial, as it is written II Chronicles, chapter 24. The blood of Zechariah boiled from the time of the Yoash until the time of Zidkiyah, a period of 238 years.
His son Amatzya: Born N/A Died 3129
Tenth Generation: Amatzya the son of the Yoash reigned in his father stay, as it stands in II Kings, chapter 12: “And they
smoked Yoash and killed him, and Amatzya his son ruled in his stead.” He was 25 years old when he ascended the throne, and he reigned in Jerusalem for 29 years,
as it is written in II Kings, chapter 14. In Seder Hadorot, on each 30 Annie, it is written: Shalshelet HaKabbalah, on page 18, said the Darhei No’am, who wrote his
son Haviv, that when he was in the kingdom of Mortary, he saw the tombstone of the Chief of the Army of Amatzya, King of two to with the pole at poem to. It is
said in Midrash Rabbah that when Amatzya turned away from God, and the prophet reproached him, his servants heard, conspired against him, and killed him. We
only count 14 years for Amatzya, and for the remaining 15 years, Uziyahu reigned. Afterwards, Uziyahu reigned for 37 years, so Uziyahu reigned for a total of 52
years, Amatzya died in the year 3129.
Uziyahu his Son: Born N/A Died 3167
Eleventh Generation: Uziyahu the son of Amatzya, who in the book of Kins is called Azarya, reigned in his father’s stead, as it
says in II Kings, chap.15, Azarya the son of Amatzya commenced his reign at the age of sixteen. He reigned for 52 years in Jerusalem, including the 15 years that he
reigned during his father’s life, as it says in II Kings, chapter 14: “ And they conspired against him, and he fled to Lakhish.” Rashi comments that when his servants heard
what the prophet told him, God took counsel to destroy him. He fled to Lakhish, where he was for 15 years. During those 15 years he reigned in his father’s lifetime,
and then another 37 years after his father’s death. When Uziyahu became leprous, his son Yotam judged instead of him. Uziyahu was born in the year 3099, and in
the year 3115, when he was 17 years old, he became king, and reigned until 3167. In the twenty-seventh year of his reign, he entered to offer up incense, and
leprosy shined on his forehead for 55 years. He was a leper until the day of his death, and he dwelt in the house of immunity. In the Jerusalem Talmud it says that
he made himself a house in the cemetery, as it says, free among the dead. There is a great secret in this. When there will be an earthquake, God forbid, they will
call three times, and the foundations will shake, and he calls one to the other. So it is written in Seder Hadorot page 31b. In Sefer Habrit it says that they should read
the verse and move forwards and backwards three times, and the earthquake will stop. It is good to write this on the walls of the house as a remembrance. In the book
Masa’ot Benyamin it is written that when one goes out of Yehoshafat Gate, he comes to the desert of the nations, where there is the monument to Avshalom and the
tomb of Uziya. Uziya, who entered in order to offer incense, and became a leper, was a reincarnation of Uzza, who sent his hand to the ark of the Lord. His soul knew
that he had originally been a priest, so he was attracted to the priesthood. This was a mistake, as instead of correcting the past, he repeated his original failing. Just as
he had originally sent his hand towards that for which it was not fitting, so he did again (Seder Hadorot quoting Sefer Hakavanot). Uziya died in the year 3167.
His Son Yotam: Born N/A Died 3183
Twelfth Generation: Yotam the son of Uziyahu reigned after the death of his father, as it is written in II Kings, chapter 15, “And
Uziya was laid to rest with his fathers, and Yotam his son ruled in his stead.” He reigned from the year 3167 until 3183, as it is written in II Kings, chapter 15. In II
Chronicles, chapter 26, it is written that he was 26 years old at his coronation, and he reigned for 16 years in Jerusalem. In tractate Sukkah p. 44 it says: “Rabbi
Shimon ben Yohai said: I am capable of releasing the entire world from judgement, from the day the world was created, until now; were Yotam the son of Uziyahu with us,
from the day the world was created until its end.” In Shalshelet HaKabbalah it is written that his name was Yeruham but he was called Yotam, since, although he was king
for fifteen years, he remained perfect (tam) for God. He was reincarnated in Abaye, as is hinted in the verse, “For in You the orphan finds mercy (yeruham yatom),” the
Hebrew initials of which form the name Abaye. I would also comment that both his names are alluded to in this verse, as it says, yerham yatom, that is, Yotam.
Ahaz his Son: Born N/A Died 3199
Thirteenth Generation: Ahaz the son of Yotam reigned in his father’s stead, as it is written in II Kings, chapter 16, “And Yotam was laid to
rest with his fathers, and Ahaz his son reigned after him.” He was 20 years old at his coronation, and he reigned for 16 years. He begat Hezekiah in the year 3174, nine years
before he became king. He was 11 years old when he begat Hezekiah, and he ruled over Judah from the year 3183, and died in 3199. In the twelfth year of Ahaz’s reign, the
tribes of Reuven, Gad, and half the tribe of Menashe were exiled, along with Yerov’am’s golden calf. They were led to Lahlah where it joins the Gozen river and the cities of Madai.
The then tribes were exiled in the sixth year of Hezekiah, as it says in Seder Hadorot.
Hezekiah his Son - the Root of Jesse: Born N/A Died 3228
Fourteenth Generation: Hezekiah the son of Ahaz reigned in his father’s stead, as is written in II Kings, chapter
16, “And Ahaz was laid to rest with his fathers, and Hezekiah his son ruled after him.“ He was 25 years old when he took office, and he reigned for 29 years, as it says
in II Kings chapter 18. He was born in the year 3174, and became king in 3199. It says in the chapter of Helek (tractate Sanhedrin) that during his time, there was no
man or woman who was not adept in the laws of ritual purity. Hezekiah had a soul-spark of Amram. Amram had divorced his wife because of the decree that every son born
(should be cast into the river). It was because of Miriam that he returned to his wife. Similarly, Hezekiah, who is part of his soul-spark, saw that useless children would come
from him. He therefore did not want to get married, and Isaiah said to him, “What business do you have with these matters, which are God’s?” And Hezekiah hid the Book of
Healing. In Seder Hadorot, p. 10, it says in the name of Tashbetz that when Noah was in the ark, there were demons that injured Noah’s son, so an angel came and taught
one of Noah’s sons the Book of Healing. This was the book that Hezekiah hid. In the sixth year of his reign, the ten tribes were exiled. In the year 3205, Samaria fell, and
the kingdom of Israel was exiled to Assyria. Hezekiah died in the year 3228. They honored him by making a Yeshiva on his grave. 36 thousand mourners went out before him
and placed a Torah scroll on his casket, saying that he fulfilled what was written in the Torah. In tractates Baba Kama and Sanhedrin it says: Rav said: The Holy One blessed
be He wanted to make Hezekiah the Messiah. It is known that he placed a sword in the Temple, saying that whosoever does not study Torah will be struck by a sword. “And
the yoke will be destroyed because of the oil.” (Isaiah 10:27) – The yoke of Sanheriv will be destroyed because of the oil of Hezekiah, which was lit in the synagogues and
study houses (Sanhedrin 94b). In Sanhedrin 104a it is written: “And he showed him all of his treasures” (Heb. beit nehoto) (II Kings 20:13) – [What is the meaning of beit
nehoto? One opinion is] His wife poured for them. Another opinion is, He showed them his treasure houses. [Another opinion is], He showed them how metal consumes metal. In
Midrash Rabba on the Song of Songs it is written that he showed him magnificent buildings as if made of wax.
Menashe his Son: Born N/A Died 3283
Fifteenth Generation: Menashe the son of Hezekiah reigned in his father’s stead, as it says in II Kings, chapter 6 [Rabbi Haim Dayan shlit”a
notes that this should be chapter 20], “And Hezekiah was laid to rest with his fathers, and Menashe his son reigned.” Menashe was 12 years old when he reigned, and he reigned
for 55 years in Jerusalem. He was born in 3216, and took the throne in 3228. He lived until the age of 57. Menashe sinned, and he erected an idol in the Sanctuary as it says, “And
he did evil in the eyes of God.” God then let him approach His throne of glory, and accepted his penance. Menashe died in 3283.
Amon his Son: Born N/A Died 3285
Sixteenth Generation: Amon the son of Menashe reigned in his father’s stead, as it says in II Kings, chapter 21, “And Menashe was laid
to rest with his fathers, and Amon his son ruled in his stead.” He was 22 years old when he took the throne. He reigned in Jerusalem for 2 years. Amon took the throne in
3283 for 2 incomplete years, from 3283 until 3285. He did evil in God’s eyes, and God was patient with him, since Yoshiyahu was his son. His servants killed him in 3285.
Yoshiyahu his Son: Born N/A Died 3316
Seventeenth Generation: Yoshiyahu the son of Amon. After Amon was killed, as is written in II Kings, chapter 21, “And the king was
killed in his house, and the people of the land made Yoshiyahu his son the king in his stead.” Yoshiyahu was eight years old when he became king. He reigned for 31 years,
in Jerusalem, from 3285 until 3216. He was killed by Pharaoh Necheh. In the eighth year of his reign he began to seek God, as it says in II Chronicles, chapter 1. In the twelfth
year of his reign, 3297, he began to purify Judah and Jerusalem. He was a reincarnation of Ahaz, and was killed in order to atone for his sins. Each quarter measure of his
blood was considered as a death unto itself. Yoshiyahu did away with all alter stones. Whosoever says that Yoshiyahu sinned is mistaken, for every judgment that Yoshiyahu judged
from age 8 until 18 was retracted. In tractate Moed Qatan p. 28b it is written: “And the archers shot” – We learn that they [perforated him] like a sieve. In tractate Ta’anit, p.
22, it says: “Why was Yoshiyahu punished? For he should have spoken with Jeremiah, but did not do so.” When he died, Jeremiah saw that his lips were moving. He bent over
and heard him saying, God is righteous, and I have rebelled against His word, implying that he repented. [Jeremiah] said about him, “The spirit of our breath, the anointed of the
Lord”. He was reincarnated in Rabbi Yishmael the son of Elisha, and died in the year 3316.
Yehoyakim his Son - The Root of Jesse: Born N/A Died 3327
Eighteenth Generation: Yehoyakim, the son of Yoshiyahu. After Pharaoh Necheh battled with the king of Assyria
on the Euphrates, King Yoshiyahu came out to meet him, and was killed by him. Yehoahaz his son was made king in his stead, as it says in II Kings, chapter 23. Yehoahaz
was 23 years old when he became king, and he ruled for three months. Pharaoh Necheh gave the kingdom to Elyakim the son of Yoshiyahu, and changed his name to
Yehoyakim. Yehoyakim was 25 years old when he ascended the throne, and he ruled for 11 years in Jerusalem. He reigned from 3316 until 3327. The reason Yehoahaz
was made king instead of him, although he was 20 years his junior, is because he filled the place of his fathers, as it says in Seder Hadorot, 34d. Based on this the Shla”h
writes that this is why people say Yehoyahkim was bound in iron chains for 37 years. In his days, Ezekiel was exiled to Babylonia, and was imprisoned there for five years. He
wrote his book at the age of 30. Some say that he did not write his book, but other wise men wrote it. He was extremely handsome and fair.
A tale is told of a king who said to a wise man named Rabbi Shlomo, “Come with me, for I desire to open the grave of the prophet Ezekiel in order to see him, as
I have heard that he performed many miracles.” The wise man replied, “God forbid, you cannot take him out and see him! But this is my advice to you – the grave of Baruch
the son of Neria, his student, is not far from his grave. If you are able to see him, you will certainly be able to see Ezekiel.” The king said to him, “You have spoken well,”
and he sent for his ministers and dukes, that they come to see Baruch the prophet. They all assembled together, and as soon as they began to open the grave, everyone that
touched it died on the spot. There was an old Arab there, who said, “My master the king, this prophet was a Jew, and the Jews studied the Torah. You should therefore
decree that the Jews come and open his grave.” The King did accordingly. The Jews asked the king that they be granted three days to repent so that the Holy One, blessed
be He, forgive them their sins. He gave them three days, and they fasted and repented, prayed, and gave charity. Three days later the king sent for them, that they should
open the grave of Baruch so he could see him. The king and his servants then came. The Jews opened the grave, and none of them were harmed. The found him in an
ivory casket, looking as if he had just died. The king said, “It is not fitting that they should be buried next to each other. Take the casket, and bring it to the city.” They
took the casket, and moved it the distance one is allowed to walk on the Sabbath. The casket would move no further. The king brought camels and donkeys, and many
horses, but the casket could not be moved from its place. Rabbi Shlomo said to the king, “Possibly this righteous man chose this spot during his lifetime for his burial.” The
king commanded that he be buried there. It was done, and they built a beautiful study house there. When the king saw that neither Baruch the son of Neria nor his shrouds had
decomposed, he and all his servants converted. There is a species of herb there, upon whose leaves are sparks of gold. They are wont to go at night and mark the place where
the herb with the gold grows, then they come during the day and pick it. The grave of Baruch the son of Neria is located as far from the grave of Ezekiel as one is allowed to
walk on the Sabbath. At the grave of Ezekiel it is customary to give alms and to light candles.
If a person needs to have money in safekeeping, he can leave it there, for no man other than he who placed it there can remove it. If someone left money there and
died, his heirs can come and take all the money, which remains exactly as he left it. The grave of Ezekiel is by the Kebar River in the city of Maliah, and the graves of
Hananya, Mishael, and Azarya are located half a furlong farther.
Yehoyachin his Son: Born N/A Died 3364
Nineteenth Generation: Yehoyachim is Yehonya or Yehonyahu, as it is written in Jeremiah 22 and 24. He ruled in his father
Yehoyakim’s stead, as it says in II Kings, chapter 24, “And Yehoyakim was laid to rest with his fathers, and Yehoyachin his son ruled in his stead.” Yehoyachin was 18 years
old when he began to reign, and he ruled three months in Jerusalem. Then, Nebuchadnezzer came upon Jerusalem, and the king Yehoyachin went out to the king of Babylon,
and the king of Babylon took him captive. He [Nebuchadnezzer] seized all the treasures of the house of God, and all the treasures of the king’s palace. He broke all the golden
utensils that were crafted by King Shlomo, and he exiled all of Jerusalem, including the craftsmen and the smiths. He exiled Yehoyachin to Babylon, together with 8000 inhabitants
of Judah and Benjamin, and Zidkiyahu the son of Yoshiyahu, the brother of his father, went with him. Zidkiyahu returned from Babylon to Jerusalem with the permission to
Nebuchadnezzer, and he ruled in Jerusalem 11 years. Yehoyachin, however, remained in Babylon. In the eleventh year of Zidkiyahu’s rule 4600 inhabitants of Judah were exiled to
Babylon from Judah and Benjamin. From the other tribes, 7000 were exiled, including the craftsmen and the smiths, who where great wise men. They are called harash(deaf), for
when they open their mouths, all are quiet like the deaf, and masger (lock), for when they close their mouths, if they do not know the law, no one can open it.
After 17 years of the above-mentioned exile, Nevuzaraden came to Jerusalem and burned down the Temple. He took all the vessels of the house of God and the treasures of the king
and sent them to Babylon. He killed 910,000 people of Israel, besides those that were killed in the matter of Zechariah’s blood, and he exiled 832,000 nobles of Israel from Judah and
Benjamin. He left 6000 in Jerusalem, and appointed Gedalyahu the son of Ahikam to rule over them. Yishmael the son of Netanya came and killed him [Gedalyahu] on the third of
Tishrei. In addition, Nevuzaraden exiled 600,000 of the descendants of Moses, including descendants of Yonadav the son of Rechev. When they arrived at the rivers of Babylon, the
Holy One, blessed be He took them and hid them away on the other side of the river Sambatyon. In The Travels of Benjamin, page 17b, it is written that in the Jewish state of those
called the children of Rechev, in the city of Toma, their prime minister is Rav Hanan the Prince who rules over them. It is a great city, sixteen days distance from the mountains of the
north. They have great and fortified cities, and are not subjugated to the nations. They plunder distant lands, as far as the tribes of Arabia, some of whom are their allies. These Arabians
camp in tents in the way of their land, and do not have houses. They plunder the land of Allemande. Among the Jews, the children of Rechev, there are those who work the earth,
and there are cattle breeders. Their land is vast, and they tithe yearly everything they have, to their distinguished sages, men who sit ever in the study house, to the poor Israel, and
to the ascetics, who mourn for Zion and Jerusalem, and do not eat meat nor do they drink wine. They wear black clothes, and dwell in caves or huts, and fast all the days of their
lives, except on Sabbaths and holidays. They constantly beseech God to have mercy on the exiled of Israel, for the sake of His great name. The Jews in Toma and Otilimus number
approximately 100,000, and Salmon the Prince, and his brother Hanan the Prince, are descendants of King David, of blessed memory, as is proved by the genealogy scroll they possess.
They all come there with torn clothes and fast 40 days a year, and pray for all the Jews who are in exile.
From Talimias to Kebar is a three-day journey. People say they are the descendants of the tribes of Gad and Reuben and the half tribe of Menashe, who were exiled
by King Shalmanasser of Assyria. They went there and build great and fortified cities and they war with kingdoms. No man can go there, for it is an eighteen day journey through
deserts and uninhabited lands. In the eleventh year of the exile, in the year 3338, the First Temple was destroyed. This is alluded to in the numerical value of the biblical verse, “From
high above He sent a fire.” So writes Seder Hadorot 35c. In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Yehoyachin, which is the year 3364, Evil Morduch the son of Nebuchadnezzer
became king. He appointed Yehoyachin, and raised him above all his ministers. In Shalshelet Hakabbalah it is written that Israel had no capital city, only an aristocracy. Yehoyachin
therefore headed the nobility. After a few days, Yehoyahin died in Babylon. Shealtiel his son was appointed in his stead, as the Head of the Exile of Babylon, and was succeeded by
his son, Zerubavel.
Shealtiel his Son - (Pedaya): Born N/A Died N/A
Twentieth Generation: Shealtiel became Prince in Babylon after Yehoyachin his father, in the year 3364. In tractate Sanhedrin p.37
it is written that exile atones for everything, as it says concerning Yehonya, “So saith the Lord, Describe this man as barren, a man who will not succeed in his time, for no one of his
seed will sit on David’s throne of rule any longer in Judah.” After he was exiled, it says, “And the children of Yehonya were his sons, Asir and Shealtiel.” He is called Asir, for his
mother became pregnant in prison. He is called Shealtiel, since God planted him in an unusual manner, whereas a woman does not usually get pregnant while standing. Rashi explains
that the prison cell was very narrow, and there was no room to lie down, and they lowered a woman therein. Another interpretation of his name Shealtiel is that he was asked about his
oath. The Holy One blessed be He asked to be released from the vow He wrote in the Torah that this man would be childless. The heavenly court then released Him of His vow.
Zerubavel was called thus as he was conceived in Babylon. What was his name? Nehemiah the son of Hachalya.
Zerubavel his Son - The Root of Jesse: Born N/A Died N/A
Twenty-First Generation: Zerubavel, the son of Shealtiel, a descendant of King David, of blessed memory. He came with
the people of the land who were released from the captivity of the exile, as it says in Ezra chapter 2. He was the son of Pedaya, as it says in I Chronicles, chapter 3, “And the sons
of Pedaya, as it says in I Chronicles, chapter 3, “And the sons of Pedaya were Zerubavel and Shimi.” In Seder Hadorot it is written that Shealtiel may have been a grandson of Pedaya,
which is why he is called the son of Shealtiel, as grandsons are considered as sons. He went from Babylon to the land of Israel as Prince and Head of the Exile. Ezra the Scribe and
some of the others came with him, but Zerubavel later returned to Babylon, where he died. He was one of the 120 elders, Members of the Great Assembly. Zerubavel was named
Nehemia the son of Hachalaya. He was also known as Hatarashta, for he was permitted to drink wine used for idolatrous libations, since he brought wine to the king. Zerubavel lived at
the time of Daniel. When Daniel wished to the return to Shushan, the capital city, he asked the king to release him and appoint Zerubavel the son of Shealtiel in his stead. He said to
the King Darius, “Here is a man for you my stead. He is like me, and he is one of the Partameans, of royal descent, from the sons of man, full of the spirit of wisdom, and divine
knowledge, and he will be faithful and loyal, an advisor to you, just as I have been.” The king trusted him and gave Daniel presents. Daniel took the presents and gave them to the
exiles. Then the king embraced Daniel, and kissed him, and bade him farewell, and he departed.
And Zerubavel found favor in the eyes of the king and he loved him. He appointed him over all the ministers and over two ministers of war, the protectors of the king. And the king said
to Zerubavel. “Ask for anything your soul desires, and I will do it for you.” And Zerubavel said, “Remember what you vowed when you became king, you and your ally koresh the king
of Persia, to rebuild the house of God and to return the vessels of the Temple to their rightful place.” And the king hastened and wrote to Koresh that they had vowed, to re-establish the
house of God. Then did Koresh the kin of Persia publicly declare throughout his kingdom; “Whosoever, among all my people, whose heart moves him to go up and build the house of his
God, I shall pay the wages of the workers, and provide for all their needs, until they have completed their task. And the scribes wrote to all the ministers and pashas that they should assist
the Jews in building the house of God, and to supply all they might need of silver, gold, copper, and brass, wood and stones, for the builders and excavators, as well as sufficient wheat,
barley, oil, and wine. It was written and signed, and the two kings placed it in the hands of Zerubavel and Nehemia. The king Darius then became terminally ill, and Koresh became king
of Media and Persia. Then Koresh strengthened their hands, and all the elders of the exile when up, led by Zerubavel. They built the Temple and the altar as they should be. They put
the meat of the sacrifices on the altar, but did not find the sacred fire. They prayed unto God and said, “Behold, we have come to re-establish Your altar and we have offered a
sacrifice and prepared wood for the burnt-offering, but we do not have permission to offer a strange fire before You, and we have not found the holy fire.” As they were praying, an old
man, one of the priests, came, who remembered the place where Jeremiah hid the fire. And the elders went with him outside the camp and they saw, beneath the wall, a cistern covered
by a large stone. And they rolled away the stone, and in the cistern found water thick as oil and honey. They told Ezra the Scribe of their find, and he came and said, “Whoever is of
the seed of Aaron shall descend into the cistern and take of it. And no stranger shall touch it, for there is holy fire in the pit.” So the priests went down and took of the water with their
hands and they went and threw it on the altar, and suddenly there was a great and terrible and most powerful fire. And the priest fled from before this fire, for the fire was very great,
and it consumed the burnt offering and the wood and everything that was on the altar. Afterwards, the fire dwindled in the Temple, and it remained only on the altar in proper measure,
as it says, “An eternal fire shall burn on the altar.”
When Zerubavel came with Ezra the Scribe to build the House of God, 180,000 Kuttim attacked them. These were the Kuttim that Sanheriv resettled in Samaria when he exiled the people
of Israel from Samaria. And God sent lions upon them, and they were preyed upon, and they went and told Sanheriv. Sanheriv then sent for the elders of Israel and said to them, “All
the years that you were in you land, the beasts of the field never attacked you. Why then are lions coming now to prey?” They replied, “This land will not suffer people who do not
study the Torah and who are not circumcised.” He said to them, “Send me two wise men to teach them Torah.” So they sent two wise men who taught them Torah, and they all feared
God. This is why the rabbis said that the Kuttim converted because of lions. They feared God, but continued to serve their gods. When these priests came to Zerubavel, the service of
the Temple had not taken place for twenty years. What did Ezra and Zerubavel and Yehoshua the son of Yehozadak do? They gathered all of the congregation to the Temple of God
and brought 300 priests, 300 shofars, 300 Torah scrolls, and 300 infants. They blew the shofars, and the Levites sang and played music, and they banned and excommunicated the Kuttim
by the secret ineffable Name, and by the name written on the two tablets, by the ban of the Lower Court, and by the ban of the Higher Court, that no man should eat the bread of the
Kuttim. This is the source for the saying that eating the bread of a Kutti is like eating pork, that a Kutti shall not be converted, and that they shall have no share in the resurrection of
the dead. This edict was signed and sealed, and sent to all of Israel in Babylon, and they added ban upon ban.
Zerubavel lived around the year 3400. The midrash says that in the future, the Holy One, blessed be He, will sit in the Garden of Eden and teach the secrets of the Torah. All the
righteous will sit before Him to the right of the Holy One, blessed be He; the sun and the moon and the stars will be on His left; and the Holy One, blessed be He will be teaching
them all; and after the discourse, Zerubavel the son of Shealtiel will stand up and say, “May the great name be sanctified and exalted, etc.” and his voice will be heard from one end
of the world to the other. All the inhabitants of the world will then answer “Amen,” and even the wicked of Israel in hell, and the righteous of the nations, will be saved for having
answered Amen. Concerning him is the prophecy in Haggai, chapter 2: “On that day, saith the Lord, I will take you, Zerubavel the son of Shealtiel, my servant, and I will make you as a
seal.” Rashi comments – “I will take you” – meaning I will take someone of your seed. Concerning the Messiah he will say, “And I will make you as a seal.” Just as a signet ring
does not leave the finger of a man, so will my love not leave him. For I have chosen the seed of David that comes from you, that he should be the messiah king. Rabbi Hai Gaon
was of the seed of Rabba bar Avuha, one of the grandchildren of Zerubavel. So writes Rabbi Haim David Azoulay in Shem Hagedolim, letter He.
Meshulam his son: Born N/A Died N/A
Twenty-Second generation: Meshulam the son of Zerubavel, as it says in I Chronicles, chapter 3, “Likewise Zerubavel, Meshulam, and
Hananya.” He lived during the time of Alexander, who was a friend of Israel, and who build Alexandria in Egypt. He was a master of the seven wisdoms, he was a lover of the wise,
and provided for their needs. He was also compassionate towards his subjects and a lover of justice. In the year 3448 he went up to Jerusalem to destroy it, and there was a great
mourning amongst the Jews, fasting, crying, and eulogies. Simon the Just went out to meet him wearing the eight priestly garments, accompanied by the elders of Israel. When Alexander
saw Simon the Just, he descended from his carriage and bowed down to him. His ministers and servants were astonished. He said to them, “The angel that goes before me in battle
has the appearance and the form of this man.” The King Alexander made a covenant with Simon the Just and the elders of Israel, and they brought him to Jerusalem. He saw the
House of God and said, “Blessed is God the Lord of Israel, the Lord of this house.” The king requested of Simon the Just that an image of him be placed between the Great Hall
and the altar. The priest said to him, “It is forbidden for us by God to make any sculpture of image, but we will make a great remembrance of your request. All priests born this
year will be named Alexander in your honor. And the thing was pleasing to him. The ra’avad and Sefer Yuhasin wrote that the high priest swore to him that from that day hence
they would date their documents from the year he came there, and so they did. They would write on their documents, on, two, or three years since Alexander, and so on. Therefore,
if one comes upon a date that is for example, the 80th year for the documents, and 3448 to them, and you will know the exact year since creation. For example, if it was year
452 for documents, add 3448 to them, coming to 3900, meaning that the year 452 for documents is the year 3900 since creation.
Hanina his Son: Born N/A Died 3582
Twenty-Third Generation: Hanina the son of Meshulam became Prince after his father in the year 3448. In Sefer Yuhasin he is called
Hananya. He died in the year 140 of the Greek empire, which is the year 3582 since creation (see Sefer Yohasin p. 166b).
Berahya his Son: Born N/A Died 3612
Twenty-Fourth Generation: Berahya the son of Hananya became Prince after his father Hananya, in the
time of Antiochus who build Antioch. Berahya died in 3612.
Hasadya his Son: Born N/A Died 3654
Twenty-Fifth Generation: Hasadya the son of Berhaya became Prince after his father, in the year 3612. In his time there was great
suffering for the Jews, under Nikannor the king of Greece. The children of the Hasmoneans killed him and all his armies in the year 175 of the Greek empire, and Yohanan the
son of Shimon the son of Mattityahu the Hasmonean ruled for 37 years. Hasadya died in the year 3654.
Yeshaya his Son: Born N/A Died 3693
Twenty-Sixth Generation: Yeshaya the son of Hasadya became Prince after his father in the year 3654, during the time of Yannai
the son of Yohanan the High Priest. Yannai reigned for 27 years, and died. Aristobulos his son ruled after him for 13 years, when he was killed. Antigonos his son ruled after
him for 26 years. He was killed in the year 103 of the Hasmonean kingdom, which is 3693 since creation.
Ovadia his Son: Born N/A Died 3730
Twenty-Seventh Generation: Ovadia the son of Yeshaya became Prince after his father. In Sefer Yohasin there is an omission,
but it would appear that he lived during the time of Herod, a servant of the Hasmonean house who rebelled and killed his master’s entire house. He died in 3730.
Shehanya his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Twenty-Eighth Generation: Shehanya the son of Ovadia became Prince after his father, as it says in Seder Hadorot page
50b. This was in the year 3730, and he lived during the time of Herod.
Shemaya his Son: Born N/A Died 3994
Twenty-Ninth Generation: Shemaya the son of Shehanya became Prince after his father, during the time of Agripas the son of
Herod, and Moonbaz his son. In Sefer Yohasin it says that Shehanya came after Shemaya. This occurred in the year 3828 since creation. Then Vespasian came and destroyed
the Temple and exiled Israel and the House of David to Spain. In the year 166 after the Destruction of the Temple, which is the year 3994, the Persians invaded Rome, and
Hezekiah his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Thirtieth Generation: Hezekiah the son of Shemaya became Prince after his father, in the year 3994. Hezekiah died and was
buried in the land of Israel on Mount Arbel, which belonged to Yehoshua the son of Saraf the priest, in the eastern part of the city.
Yohanan his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Thirty-First Generation: Yohanan the son of Hezekiah became Prince after his father, as is recorded in Sefer Yohansin, page 118b.
Shafat his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Thirty-Second Generation: Shafat the son of Yohanan became Prince after his father, as recorded in Sefer Yohansin (new edition), page 118b.
Hanan his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Thirty-Third Generation: Hanan the son of Shafat became Prince after his father. In Sefer Yohansin he is called Anan, and also in Seder
Hadorot, page 50c. At that time, Pesah the son of Nezer attacked and destroyed Neharda’ah, in the year 4018.
Natan of Tzutzita his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Thirty-Fourth Generation: Natan of Tzutzita. In Seder Hadorot, page 138d, it is written: Ukvan the son of Nehemya,
the Head of the Exile, said those three things to Rabba in the name of Shmuel, etc. This is quoted from the chapter Hezkat Habatim page 55, and he is Natan of Tzutzita.
It is written there, on page 134, that in tractate Shabbat, page 56, it says; “Rav says, ‘There was no greater master of repentance than Yoshiyahu.’ Rabbi Yosef said, ‘There is
another one in our generation, and who is he? Ukvan the son of Nehemya, the Head of the Exile, who is Natan of Tzutzita.’ Rabbi Yosef said, ‘I was standing before him during
the discourse and he was falling asleep, and he saw in his dream that a hand was stretched out to receive him.’ Rashi explains that he is called Natan of Tzutzita because of the
spark (Heb. Nitzotz) of fire, because an angel stretched out his hand and received him. Another reason offered is because an angel grasped him by the corners (fringes – Heb. tzizit)
of his head. The Tosafot adds there: Natan of Tzutzita – Rabeinu Tam says, because a candle was lit above his head. In tractate Sanhedrin, page 31, it is written: They sent to Mar
Ukva, who was radiant like the son of Batya: ‘Peace upon you, Ukvan the Babylonian, etc.’ Rashi explains that Mar Ukva was the head of the Rabbinical Court, and was radiant like
the son of Batya – like Moses, who was the son of Batya, i.e. to him whose skin was radiant like Moshe our Teacher, who was raised by Batya, the daughter of Pharaoh. I found in
Sefer Agadda that Mar Ukva was a master of repentance. Once he put his eyes on a woman, and his heart filled with resentment, and he became ill, for a she was a married woman.
Afterwards, she needed to borrow money from him. He, however, conquered his desire, bid her peace, and was healed. When he would go out to the market, a candle from heaven
was lit above his head, which is why he was called Natan of Tzutzita. The Geonim wrote that since he would twist his hair, his locks (Heb. kevutzotav) became curly. The also
wrote that a flame flashed out of his tzizit, causing all those sitting before him to flee. See also the She’iltot on parshat Va’era and parshat Ki Tisa.
The Aruch’s entry on Natan says that the reason was because of the sparks of fire from the angel, who stretched out his hand and received his repentance. Another interpretation is that he
had a coat of goat hair that would irritate his flesh, and this was his penance. In Seder Hadorot, page 136c, it is written that Rabbi Natan of Tzutzita lived at the time of Rabbi Akiva.
Hochna his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Thirty-Fifth Generation: Hochna the son of Natan of Tzutzita. In Sefer Yohasin he is called Huna.
Cahana his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Thirty-Sixth Generation: Cahana the son of Hochna. In Sefer Yohasin he is called Natan.
Rehamya his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Thirty-Seventh Generation: Rehamya the son of Cahana. In Sefer Yohasin he is called Nehemya.
Natan his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Thirty-Eighth Generation: Natan the son of Rehamya. In Sefer Yohasin he is called Ukva Abba bar Huna.
Cahana his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Thirty-Ninth Generation: Cahana the son of Natan He may be Rav Cahana the son of Natan mentioned in tractate Yevamot, page 60b.
Huna his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Fortieth Generation: Huna the son of Rav Cahana. In Sefer Yohasin he is called Marimer.
Marima his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Forty-First Generation: Marima the son of Huna. In Sefer Yohasin he is called Cahana
Hanina his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Forty-Second Generation: Hanina the son of Marima. In Sefer Yohasin he is called Huna
Huna his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Forty-Third Generation: Huna the son of Hanina. In Sefer Yohasin it says that he is Mar Zurtra. It is possible that all these names
differ in our genealogy scroll from that of Sefer Yohasin because they were the brothers of those mentioned by the writer of Sefer Yohasin. Each one of the brothers attributed
himself to his father in his genealogy scroll, which is why they differ but all are one.
Kufnai his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Forty-Fourth Generation: Kufnai the son of Huna, the father of Bustenai. This is also as the version of Sefer Yohasin.
Bustenai his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Forty-Fifth Generation: Bustenai. In Seder Hadorot it is written in the name of Sefer Yohasin that in the year 4420 the matter
of Bustenai and Dudava came to pass, and he was called Mar Zutra. At that time, the Persian king decreed and killed all of the House of David, from the great to the
small, and left no remnant, other than one bride. Her husband was killed on the day of their wedding, when she had just become pregnant. The king had a dream in
which he was walking through a garden and cutting down all the plants, leaving neither branch nor root, except for one small branch, which he almost destroyed. An old man
then came and beat him until he bled, and when he awoke, there was blood spilled on the bed wherein he was sleeping. In the morning, one of the wise men of Israel
came and interpreted his dream as referring to his having killed the House of David. He asked that it be ascertained whether there were any branch or root left, and in truth,
there was none other than the pregnant bride. The king regretted having decimated the House of David, and he took it upon himself to watch over the child that would be born,
and so he did. And it came to pass that when she gave birth to a son, she called his name Bustenai, after the garden the king had seen, which is called bustan in Arabic.
The child grew up and the king commanded that he be brought to him, and he came and stood before the king from morning until evening. He stood in fear and awe before
the king, and none of his limbs moved. A fly then came and bit him in his face until he bled, but he did not raise his hand to chase away the fly. When the king saw this
great thing, he was very pleased, and he appointed him to be a judge. This is the reason that the image of a fly is engraved on their seal, because of the story of Butenai.
So it says in Seder Hadorot page 47.
On page 50b there is a somewhat different version: The family of the House of David was destroyed for having pained Rabbi Hanina, the Head of the Yeshiva. Rabbi Hanina
went to the synagogue, and cried so much that he filled a vessel with his tears and drank it. This was the reason for the demise of the House of David, and they all died in
one night. The only remnant was the daughter of the said Rabbi Hanina, who had been married to someone from the House of David. Rabbi Hanina saw in a dream that he
was standing in a garden with an ax in his hand and destroying the garden. An old red-haired man came, beat him until his face turned around backwards, and he said to him,
“Why are you destroying my garden?” In the morning he asked the wise men if anyone remained from the House of David, and they replied, “No one remains other than your
daughter, who is pregnant.” He went and sat with her until she gave birth, and as he was watching over her, his face retuned to its normal state. Now there was an in-law
of the House of David who, when he saw that the descendants of the House of David had all died, bribed the king and was appointed Prince. When Bustenai grew up, he
went to the king and the pretender was demoted. A fly then entered into the nose of that in-law of the House of David, and he died. This is the reason that the House of
David has the image of a fly on its seal. In The Travels of Benyamin. Page 13b, it is written that the grave of the Prince Rabbi Bustenai, the Head of the Exile, is in
Pompadita of Naharda’ah.
Hisdai his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Forty-Sixth Generation: Hisdai the son of Bustenai Gaon. This is the version of Sefer Yohasin, and the said Hisdai is
the son of the daughter of Rav Hisdai Gaon.
Zakai his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Forty-Seventh Generation: Zakai the son of Hisdai. In Sefer Yohasin it says that David the son of Zakai succeeded Shlomo the son of Zakai.
Shlomo his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Forty-Eighth Generation: Shlomo the son of Zakai. In Sefer Yohasin it says that Shlomo succeeded Hisdai.
Nehemya his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Forty-Ninth Generation: Nehemya the son of Shlomo.
Yitzhak his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Fiftieth Generation: Yitzhak the son of Nehemya.
Yehuda his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Fifty-First Generation: Yehuda the son of Yitzhak
David his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Fifty-Second Generation: David the son of Rav Yehuda.
Yehuda his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Fifty-Third Generation: Yehuda the son of David.
Zakai his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Fifty-Fourth Generation: Zakai the son of Yehuda. He may be the one mentioned in The Travels of Benyamin, where it is written: Assyria is a great nation, with a population of 7000 Jews. They are led by Rabbi Zakai, who is a descendant of King David that lived at the end of the fifth millennium.
Yoshiyahu his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Fifty-Fifth Generation: Yoshiyahu the son of Zakai.
Shlomo his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Fifty-Sixth Generation: Shlomo the son of Yoshiyahu. It appears that all these generations after Rabbi Bustenai Gaon lived during the fifth millennium.
Yishai his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Fifty-Seventh Generation: Yishai the son of Shlomo. He lived during the fifth millennium, but we do not know exactly when.
Chaim his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Fifty-Eighth Generation: Chaim the son of Rav Yishai
David his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Fifty-Ninth Generation: Rav David the son of Rav Chaim.
Zecharia his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Sixtieth Generation: Rav Zecharia the son of Rav David, of blessed memory.
Yosef his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Sixty-First Generation: Rav Yosef the son of Rav Zecharia.
Sa’adya his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Sixty-Second Generation: Rav Sa’adya the son of Rav Yosef.
Moshe his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Sixty-Third Generation: Rav Moshe the son of Rav Sa’adya.
Shlomo his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Sixty-Fourth Generation: Rav Shlomo the son of Rav Moshe.
Yehuda his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Sixty-Fifth Generation: Rav Yehuda the son of Rav Shlomo.
Ovadya his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Sixty-Sixth Generation: Rav Ovadya the son of Rav Yehuda.
Tzedaka his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Sixty-Seventh Generation: Rav Tzedaka the son of Rav Ovadya.
Sa’adya his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Sixty-Eighth Generation: Rav Sa’adya the son of Rav Tzedaka.
Moshe his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Sixty-Ninth Generation: Rav Moshe the son of Rav Sa’adya.
Ovadya his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Seventieth Generation: Rav Ovadya the son of Rav Moshe.
Tzedaka his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Seventy-First Generation: Rav Tzedaka the son of Rav Ovadya.
Ovadya his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Seventy-Second Generation: Rav Ovadya the son of Rav Tzedaka.
Moshe his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Seventy-Third Generation: Rav Moshe the son of Rav Ovadya. He was the head of the
Rabbinical Court in the land. He was the head of a yeshiva, the son of saints, the sage, the excellent judge, our Teacher and Rabbi,
Moshe the Prince, of blessed memory. This genealogy was given to him by his holy ancestors of blessed memory from generation to
generation, and it is true and accurate originating from David, King of Israel, of blessed memory, may his merit protect us, Amen.
Sa’adia his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Seventy-Fourth Generation: Rav Sa’adia the son of Rav Moshe the Prince.
Moshe his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Seventy-Fifth Generation: Rav Moshe the son of Rav Sa’adia the Prince.
Mordechai his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Seventy-Sixth Generation: Rav Mordechai the son of Rav Moshe. 32 generations after Rabbi Moshe
[this is the correct reading, as noted in Siah Shoshanim, vol 2] the Prince, when the House of David became judges and teachers in Israel, this
family came to be called the Dayan family, after the greatest scion of the family, who became a rabbi and a judge.
Natan his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Seventy-Seventh Generation: Natan the son of Mordechai.
Yosef his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Seventy-Eighth Generation: Yosef the son of Natan.
Mordechai his Son: Born N/A Died 5993
Seventy-Ninth Generation: Rav Mordechai the son of Rav Yosef, of blessed memory. He passed away on the
11th of Tammuz, 5993. [should be 5493, as noted in Siah Shohanim, vol. 2] in a plague, and then the plague ceased afflicting the children of Israel.
Yosef his Son: Born N/A Died 5518
Eightieth Generation: Yosef the son of the said Rabbi Mordechai, who ascended to heaven on Monday, the sixth day of Hanuka, in the year 5518.
Mordechai his Son: Born N/A Died 5534
Eighty-First Generation: Rabbi Mordechai the son of Rabbi Yosef, who passed away at the age of 17, on the 24th of Kislev,
the day before Hanuka, 5534, may his soul be ever bound with the living.
Eliezer his Son: Born N/A Died 5547
Eighty-Second Generation: Rabbi Eliezer Haim, who is called Mantzur the son of Rabbi Mordecahi, and passed away in the year 5547.
Yishayahu his Son: Born N/A Died 5990
Eighty-Third Generation: My Grandfather, the Rabbi, the Wise, the Excellent Judge, our Honnored Master and Rabbi, Yisha’yahu Dayan,
of blessed memory, a wise man, a scribe, a mohel for the children of Israel, whose soul was take to heaven on the holy Sabbath day, the 22nd of Iyar, 5990 [should be 5590, as
noted in Siah Shoshanim, vol. 2]
Avraham his Son: Born N/A Died 5637
Eighty-Fourth Generation: My Father, my Master, the Crown of my Head, the Crown Jewel, the son of saints, a righteous and
unblemished man with great humility, who glowed when he studied, who meditated on the Torah day and night, who wrote many new books, including Shir Hadash on Psalms;
Zichron Lenefesh Holech Tamim on mussar, Po’el Tzedek – responsa; Vayosef Avraham – responsa; Tuv Ta’am, discourses; Vayisa Avraham – responsa; Beit Ya’akov, on Ein
Ya’akov; Beit Hazohar, a commentary on the Zohar; Vayigash Avraham responsa and discourses. He passed away with a good name, and everyone called him a saint;
everyone’s spirit was comfortable with his. He passed away on the 17th (numerical value of tov-good) of Heshvan, 5637, and was buried in the graves of the righteous
that are next to the entrance of the synagogue. His grave is by the right side of the door, the second tombstone from the door towards the inside. May his soul be ever bound
wit the living, and may his merit protect us and all the people of Israel, Amen.
Moshe his Son: Born N/A Died N/A
Eighty-Fifth Generation: I, the youngest of my father’s house, the lowest of men, the author of this small book, Yashir Moshe,
and my dear brother Rabbi Shaul, may the Lord guard him and protect him.
Know, kind reader, that concerning this genealogy, there are edicts, excommunications, bans, absolutions, and curses, on anyone who would copy it for themselves, who is not from the seed of the princes, kings, and judges, who is not a prince nor the son of a prince, who is not a judge nor the son of a judge. We declare, by the power of our holy, pure, and perfect Torah, by the decree of the sages, that such we excommunicate, ban, cut off, and curse with all the curses written in the Torah: no great-grandchild or grandchild will he have amongst his people, proscribe this man as barren, a man who will never have success, God shall never forgive him, he will sit outside of the camp, his name blotted out and erased, and all the people answer, Amen. Whosoever is from the seed of royalty, the family of judges, the prince, the son of a prince, who writes his name and the name of his father in this genealogy, will see his children, will live long, and will see prosperous and fulfilling years of life for him and all his children after him, until the end of time. The biblical verse, “The scepter shall not leave Judah,” which in the Targum is rendered as, “The ruler shall not leave the house of Judah,” shall be fulfilled concerning him, until the arrival of Shiloh, speedily in our days, Amen. May the Messiah come, and may we see him. Our eyes will see and our hearts will rejoice when our Messiah comes, may it be His will.
These words were spoken by Moshe, an unworthy man, I am young and despised (Psalms 119:141), who writes and signs here, Zova, [Aram Zova] may it be protected by God, the first day of Nissan, in the year (5638) [corresponding to the numerical value of the verse]. If your children keep this, My covenant and My testimony that I have taught them, then their children will forever sit on the throne.