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Nachshon

Alternative Spellings

Nahshon, Nakhshon

Definitions

  • Trailblazer. Initiator. Someone who takes a risk when others are not willing to.

Example Sentences

  • "In Torah we read a midrash that B’nei Yisrael were very scared when the Egyptians were getting close to them as they approached the Red Sea. Nahshon Aminadav took a leap of faith and showed his trust in God and jumped into the sea first. He said that they must trust in God and that they shouldn't be afraid. When God saw this, God split the sea and everyone was able to walk through. Since then whenever a person does something important first before everyone else we say that person 'Jumped a Nahshon jump.'" (Jewish day school newsletter)
  • "Be a Nachshon" (http://blogs.rj.org/arza/2011/01/11/be_a_nachson/)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

נחשון. According to a midrash, Nashchon ben Aminadav was the first of the Children of Israel to walk into the Sea of Reeds, demonstrating leadership and trust in God.

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

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