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1)

What do we learn from "Me'asef l'Chol ha'Machanos"?

1.

Rashi (citing the Yerushalmi in Eruvin, 5:1): Since Dan was [the most] populous 1 , they traveled in the rear, and whoever dropped something, they would return it to him.

2.

Rashi #2: This teaches that the Shevatim traveled (one behind the other) like a beam. 2 (Dan was last.)

3.

Rashi #3 (in Yeshayah, 2:12), Da'as Zekenim, Hadar Zekenim (2): Those who travel at the back are called 'Me'asef' because they pick up all the stragglers.


1

Rashi: This is like the opinion that they traveled like a box (it needed to be numerous to be able to spread out to the width of Machaneh Yisrael). He learns from "Ka'asher Yachanu Ken Yisa'u" (2:17).

2

Refer to 10:25:151:1.

2)

Rashi writes that Dan was [the most] populous. Yehudah was bigger!

1.

Moshav Zekenim: Dan was bigger than the Shevet (Chizkuni


1

Emes l'Yakov: It is clear from Yehoshua 6:9 that Me'asef refers to Shevet Dan, and not the Machaneh.

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