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Why is Dan called "Me'asef le'Chol ha'Machanos"?

1.

Rashi #1 (citing the Yerushalmi in Eruvin, 5:1, according to the opinion that they traveled like a box 1 ): Since Dan was the (second) 2 largest tribe, they traveled in the rear, where they spread out and were therefore in a position to pick up all the lost articles that the other tribes had dropped.

2.

Rashi #2 (According to the opinion that they traveled (one behind the other) like a bea. 3

3.

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


1

In the same formation as they encamped. See Sifsei Chachamim.

2

See Sifsei Chachamim.

3

Rashi: Which automatically explains why they were called "Me'asef le'Chol ha'Machanos". See Sifsei Chachamim.

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