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Nahshon (Hebrew: נַחְשׁוֹן) or Naḥshon ben ʿAmminadabh (נחשון בן עמינדב; "Nahshon son of Aminadav") was a prominent leader of the ancient Israelites during the The Exodus. He was, according to the Book of Exodus, the son of Amminadab; descendant in the fifth generation of Judah, brother-in-law of Aaron1 and an important figure in the Hebrew's Passage of the Red Sea which according to the Jewish Midrash he initiated by walking in head-deep until the sea split. The popular Yiddish saying "to be a Nachshon" means to be an "initiator."