This D’var Torah should be a Zechus L’Ilui Nishmas my sister, Kayla Rus Bas Bunim Tuvia A”H, my mother Chaya Rochel Bas Dovid Tzvi (Hareini Kaparas Mishkavah), my maternal grandfather Dovid Tzvi Ben Yosef Yochanan A”H, my maternal grandfather Dovid Tzvi Ben Yosef Yochanan A”H, my paternal grandfather Moshe Ben Yosef A”H, my paternal grandmother Channah Freidel Bas Avraham A”H, my uncle Reuven Nachum Ben Moshe & my great aunt Rivkah Sorah Bas Zev Yehuda HaKohein,
It should also be in Zechus L’Refuah Shileimah for:
-My father Bunim Tuvia Ben Channa Freidel
-My grandmother Shulamis Bas Etta
-MY BROTHER: MENACHEM MENDEL SHLOMO BEN CHAYA ROCHEL
-HaRav Shlomo Ben Shayna Zelda
-Mordechai Shlomo Ben Sarah Tili
-Noam Shmuel Ben Simcha
_R’ Simcha Yitzchak Ben Mirela Yudka
-Chaya Rochel Ettel Bas Shulamis
-It should also be a Z’chus for an Aliyah of the holy Neshamos of HaRav HaGa’on V’Sar HaTorah Shmaryahu Yosef Chaim Ben HaRav Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky A”H, Dovid Avraham Ben Chiya Kehas—R’ Dovid Winiarz ZT”L, Miriam Liba Bas Aharon—Rebbetzin Weiss A”H, as well as the Neshamos of those whose lives were taken by terrorists (Hashem Yikom Damam), COVID-19, and other tragedies.
-It should also be a Z’chus for success for Tzaha”l as well as the rest of Am Yisrael, in Eretz Yisrael and in the Galus.
“Shabbos is Not Monday”
In פַּרְשַׁת בְּשַׁלַּח, after we left Egypt, ה׳ led the בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל into the desert and sent them food from heaven called מָן. The מָן would fall every day except for שַׁבָּת.
Question: Why did ה׳ need to make the מָן fall everyday? Why couldn’t ה׳ just make it rain מָן once and just make sure that there was enough מָן for the entire journey? And why didn’t ה׳ make the מָן fall on שַׁבָּת?
Answer: The lesson of the מָן is that, really, all of our food and comes from Hashem. If ה׳ gave us the מָן just one time, we might have forgotten that ה׳ gave it to us. Therefore, in order for us to always remember where the מָן came from, ה׳ gave it to us every single day… except for שַׁבָּת.
Why didn’t ה׳ give us מָן on שַׁבָּת? Because, even if ה׳ gave us the מָן every single day, we might have made a mistake and thought that מָן was just a part of “nature” like the weather (of course, ה׳ is in charge of that too, but the מָן needed to be seen as an open miracle). By stopping the מָן on ה׳’s special day שַׁבָּת, we would also stop, think, and remember that the מָן is from ה׳ and only falls when ה׳ wants it to.
We don’t have the מָן today. But, we still need money and food to survive. And just like ה׳ gave us the מָן, He gives us these things too. By making a בְּרָכָה before we eat, we remind ourselves that ה׳ gave us the food. By not working on שַׁבָּת, we remind ourselves that ה׳ is in charge of how much money we make. Everything we have is בְּסִייַתָּא דִשְׁמַיָא (with help from heaven).
Let us have אֶמוּנָה in ה׳’s סִייַתָּא דִשְׁמַיָא and have a wonderful שַׁבָּת!
Rabbi Eisenberg, Grade 3