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Beshalach: Heavenly Bread

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Two Loaves of Manna

Every Shabbos table boasts a goblet of wine and two loaves of bread – Challah. Why do we have two loaves of bread? Our Parsha teaches that, in the desert, G-d gave our ancestors a daily portion of Manna. On Friday he gave them two portions, one for Friday the other for Shabbos. We mark this miracle by placing two loaves of bread on our Shabbos table.

The Manna’s three Unique Qualities.

Everyone came home with the standard measurement of Manna regardless of how much or little he gathered in the field.

All Manna that was left uneaten by sundown would spoil.

There was, however, one exception. The portion left over after sundown, on Friday. That remained fresh to be eaten on shabbos.

Three Lessons

Everything in Torah carries a moral lesson that is eternal. Eternal lessons are as relevant today as they were on the day that they were written. What is the relevant, moral lesson derived from the Manna?
Our lot is determined in heaven and we all receive our share. Working overtime will not increase our allotment and working under-time will not decrease it either.

All money not utilized by the end of our lifetime i.e. sundown, will go to waste because we cannot take it along.

There is however one exception. Money that is saved for the Shabbos meal i.e. used for the purpose of a Mitzvah. That money will never go to waste and will grant eternal reward in the world to come.
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