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וַיִּסְעוּ כָּל עֲדַת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל מִמִּדְבַּר סִין לְמַסְעֵיהֶם

What does this Posuk mean - "they traveled to their travels"

why does the Torah use a repetitive form?

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The pattern of

to [VERB] a [NOMINAL_OF_VERB]

is called the cognate accusative. The accusative argument (the object) is a word that sounds (or is) very much like the verb itself. It is very common in the Torah and in some modern languages; somewhat common in English. Rather than being repetitive, it is a standard pattern that is used with certain verbs. (See the Wikipedia page for some examples.)

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