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Vayakhel: Prettifications Purified

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In Parshat Vayakhel the Torah tells us of the women coming to donate all their jewelry and ornaments, accompanied by the men. The Torah lists the various ornaments, bracelets, nose rings, rings and body ornaments. Why these details? Could these items not have been included in the general donations of gold and silver? Further, the language here is somewhat unusual: “Vayavou hoanashim al hanashim…/The men came with the women...” But the word usually used for “with” is “im”, not “al”. “Al” usually means “on” or “above”. What is the significance of this strange usage?

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