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1)

How is it possible that their garments did not wear out during their entire stay in the desert?

1.

Rashi (citing a Midrash) and Ramban #1: Because the Ananei Kavod washed and ironed them even whilst they were wearing them. Moreover, the children's clothes grew with them, just like a snail's shell grows with it.

2.

Ramban (citing the Ibn Ezra): The Manna did not create perspiration that causes clothes to wear out. 1


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See Ramban's objection to this explanation.

2)

Why did their feet not swell in the way of people who walk barefoot in the desert?

1.

Targum Onkelos: The Torah means that their shoes 1 did not wear out (presumably for the same reason as their clothes - Refer to 8:4:1:1. EC).

2.

Targum Yonasan: Because they did not go barefoot. 2


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