“Dan will provide justice for his people as one of the tribes of Israel. Dan will be a snake by the roadside, a viper along the path that bites the horse’s heels so that its rider tumbles backward.” – Genesis 49
Dan will be a serpent by the roadside. Dan will judge his people, the Bible says. The name Dan comes from the Hebrew word for judgement, and the symbols relate to that theme. The candelabra doubles as the scales of justice. King Solomon’s sword, relates to the story of the two women who claimed to be mothers of the same child. Because of Chagall’s love of the Biblical command to be just he places his own childhood home in Vitebsk, Russia, in white.