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There are those who stride off imperviously into the sunset, not worrying about those who fall behind. Others live more circumspectly; they are there to pick up the pieces when others fall.
In today's "Nasi" reading (see "Nasi of the Day" in Nissan 1), we read of the gift bought by the nasi of the tribe of Dan, Achiezer ben Amishadai, for the inauguration of the Mishkan. Text of today's Nasi in Hebrew and English.
Their job was to bring up the rear and gather up any objects left behind--missing socks, perhaps, or lost children... It's not a very glorious role
“G-d has judged me and also listened to my voice.” (Genesis 30:6) Rachel named the first child of her nursemaid Bilhah, Dan, a name that embodies the quality of justice. Judgment and justice are about setting boundaries and maintaining objectivity to avoi...
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