Beshalach

Posted in Shemot on Monday, 27 June 2011.

The Manna

The manna reminds us that a Jew’s food, and his livelihood in general, come directly from God, in a manner of “bread from heaven.” I.e. even though, at first glance, it appears that a person earns his livelihood through hard work, in truth however the work of his hands is merely a “receptacle” into which God places His blessings.

In other words, it is not the hard work in itself that brings a person his daily bread; God provides a Jew with food in a manner which is not limited to the rules of nature. But in order not to disturb the natural order which He created, God garbs his gift in natural phenomena, so that it should appear to come from nature alone.

The eternal perpetuation of manna reminds us that, even though we no longer see bread coming from heaven, nevertheless, in truth the bread continues to come from heaven to this day.

(Based on Sichas Shabbos Parshas Beshalach 5751)

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