Hi… It’s me. Benny.
Ever wonder why we begin our Shabbos meals with 2 loaves of tasty Challah?
It’s not just because the Challah is delicious. Rather, it’s to remind us of the double portion of the Mann HaShem would give us every Erev Shabbos. (In fact, one of the reasons we cover the Challahs is because HaShem covered the Mann.)
This double portion is called “Lecham Mishneh,” which means “double bread.”
Now if you take the word “Mishneh” and change the vowels, you get the word “Meshuneh,” which means “different.” Like the Mann, everything tastes different on Shabbos: tastier and better!
Before we eat bread it is a Mitzvah to say a special blessing – Hamotzie Lechem Min Ha’aretz “Who brings forth bread from the ground”.
When Bnei Yisrael were in the desert they used a similar prayer, but with one small twist – “Hamotzie Lechem Min HaShamayim – Who brings forth bread from the heaven!”
That’s because the Mann didn’t come from wheat harvested from the ground; it miraculously came from Heaven!
…or shall we say “Mann for Thought?” What happens if they wished for meat? Did they have to wait until they eat the “wished” ice cream? Or if they wished for something not kosher, were they allowed to eat it?
According to Rabbi Yosef Rosen (1858-1936), known as the “Genius of Rogatchov,” although the Mann took on the properties of the food the person wished for, it remained a special gift from HaShem – 100% kosher! No matter what!
In his unique style, he brings many sources to prove his point.
Which is a more wondrous – bread from Heaven (Mann) or bread from the earth?
Simple! Bread from Heaven, of course.
On second thought, bread from earth is also a wonder – a tiny seed is planted in the ground and it sprouts to become grain that is fit to eat. It’s a miracle! But since we are used to this, it becomes what we call “nature.”
Now think about it. If Mann came down from Heaven every day, then people would call that “nature.” And if only one time a little seed would sprout into a plant, then that would be miraculous!