February 10, 2007

Breadcrumb: Equality of gift-giving

In Ex. 35:21-29, we read that the Israelites brought many gifts for the tabernacle and all its furniture. The text is quick to point out, however, that both men and women brought gifts (Ex. 35:22) We read that every skilled woman, specifically, brought spun linen and goat's hair. (Ex. 35:25-26) The leaders of the community, furthermore, brought precious stones, spices, and oil. Though there are many ways in which the Jewish community segregates men and women, at least when it comes to giving to God, everyone is apparently equal in the sight of the Lord.

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