Rabbi S. Weiss

<i>Vayakhel</i>: ?Reflections? on the <i>Sedra</I>

Rashi explains the provenance of these mirrors: when their husbands would return exhausted from slave labor in Egypt, the women would fix them a meal and then bring them in front of the mirror. Teasingly, seductively, they would say, "I'm prettier than you!" This would entice the men to have relations with their wives, and produce a new generation of Jews. Thus, the rather strange term <i>"mar'ot , 2/28/2003, 3:50 AM