I had the privilege of being a substitute teacher in the small school attached to our synagogue when the 6th grade class was learning about this phrase.
It was a tremendous experience to hear the thoughts of kids in the class. They had such beautiful interpretations such as a seed that is planted in the dust to generate new life.
On this Day of Remembrance journalist Daniel Greenfield has an essay “Who can count the Dust of Jacob“. that provides a moving and current perspective.
“Who can count the dust of Jacob? And yet each memorial day we count the dust.”