From One Come Many

In Genesis 46:23, it states: Dan’s sons: Hushim. The verse itself is contradictory for Dan only had one son. It should have just said Dan’s son. Some commentators say that it is not unusual for a father to say “children” when speaking of an only child. Others suggest that inherent in Hushim’s name is the key to unlock a powerful message. Hushim (חושים) in Hebrew means “senses” in reference to the five senses of a person: taste, smell, sight, feel and hearing. However, the verse relating to Dan’s son is missing one letter, the vav. Hushim is written as חשים, indicating that he was missing one of his senses. According to Jewish tradition, Hushim was deaf.

The Tribe of Benjamin began with ten sons, whereas that of Dan had only one—a deaf child named Chushim. Nevertheless, Dan’s descendants eventually became the second largest tribe in Israel; whereas Benjamin’s numbers made them the smallest tribe. This demonstrates that ultimately, results are not in our hands. If God wishes one to have many descendants, he can accomplish that with only one disabled child just as effectively. We are truly in the “hands” of the Almighty and subject only to His will. In addition, no perceived human physical imperfection should be used as an excuse not to be part of God’s divine plan.

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