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Shemos 32:2-3 tells us that the gold materials requested and used for the making of the golden calf were earrings. The Jews clearly had other gold items, including other golden jewlery (ibid 35:22). Is there any symbolism behind why earrings specifically were chosen?

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The ear that heard God at Sinai provided the means of idolatry -- sounds like the same idea as piercing the ear of the eved who chooses not to go free at the end of his service. I wonder if anyone makes this connection. –  Monica Cellio Feb 8 '13 at 15:30
@MonicaCellio that's exactly the connection i'm looking for. haven't found it anywhere yet though. –  not-allowed to change my name Feb 8 '13 at 15:33
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