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This is when G-d introduced us Jews to the Sabbath. ‘The manna did not descend on the Sabbath. Instead, a double portion descended on Friday. This was the only exception to G‑d’s directive not to save manna from one day for the next.

[On Friday, Moses told the people,] “Tomorrow will be a day of rest, a holy Sabbath unto G‑d.” Exodus 16:23

This is the first explicit mention in the Torah of the obligation to observe the Sabbath. It is appropriate that the Sabbath is introduced in connection with the manna, for the Sabbath and the manna share a common purpose – to underscore our complete dependency upon G‑d as the true source of all sustenance. Belief that human effort is the sole determining factor for success makes it hard to justify giving up a full day’s income. Not working on the Sabbath is a clear affirmation of our faith that sustenance lies in G‑d’s hands and that our work is no more than a vessel through which G‑d’s blessings can flow.1 See Likutei Sichot, vol. 16, pp. 173–182.

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I must learn that human effort and G-d’s blessing work together. Without my effort or better yet what my teacher Pastor Steve Gray calls my response to G-d direction is key for me to have a relationship with G-d.

Everything comes from G-d therefore I must pick up the plow and beginning plowing.

“Led by G‑d’s pillar of cloud, the people proceeded on their journey toward Mount Sinai. On the 15th of Iyar, the Jews ran out of matzo. G‑d then began to feed them with manna, a type of bread that descended from heaven each morning.

G‑d told Moses [to tell the people . . . ] “The people will go out and gather each day’s portion on that day.” Exodus 16:4

Even if we believe that everything is in G‑d’s hand, we still tend to think that our own efforts also play a role in acquiring our physical sustenance. In contrast, manna was not acquired through human effort, and so left no room for such misconceptions.

Even so, G‑d did not allow the people to collect more than one day’s worth of manna at a time, for whenever the pantry would have been full, the people would not have felt dependent upon G‑d.

On the other hand, G‑d did require the people to go out and gather the manna, rather than deliver it to their doorsteps. In this way, He prepared them for their eventual entry into the real world. If acquiring the manna had not required any human effort, the people would have dismissed it as an isolated miracle, irrelevant to real life. By being required to collect the manna, they learned that human effort and G‑d’s blessings work together.

The manna taught us that our sustenance comes from heaven. Even when it appears to be the fruit of our own labor, it is in fact a gift from G‑d.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 16, pp. 177–178.

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We are limited by the very fact that we have human form. There is no freedom in following our whim, or even our most reasoned decisions. As a prisoner cannot undo his own shackles, so we remain enslaved to our own limited selves.

And so Moses was told, “When you take the people out from Egypt, you shall all serve the Infinite G‑d on this mountain.”

The Infinite G‑d is the only one who is not compelled by any bounds. What makes us free? Simple deeds done each day, as agents of the One who is absolutely free.

Tanya, Chapter 47.

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When G-d wants us to move we must move in the direction G-d wants us to.  This is hard lesson to learn. Listen to what G-d is telling me to do and then do it

My teacher Pastor Steve Gray calls this dying to self. When I do this I become closer to G-d.

The sea split and the Jews passed through it to safety. The Egyptians followed them into the dry sea, but G‑d let the water return to its natural state, drowning them all. When the waves of the sea threw the dead Egyptians upon the shore, Moses and Miriam led the Jewish men and women in praising G‑d for rescuing them. After this, the Jews collected the gold, silver, and precious jewels with which the Egyptians had adorned their horses. There was so much wealth that the next day, the 22nd of Nisan, they were still busy collecting it, so Moses had to force them to move on.

Moses had to forcibly make the Israelites set out from the Sea of Reeds. Exodus 15:22

The Jewish people did not tarry out of greed. They were fulfilling G‑d’s commandment to empty Egypt of its wealth. The spiritual dimension of this directive was to salvage all the potentials of holiness present in this wealth.

From this we learn two lessons: First, once we know what our Divine mission in life is, we must be so devoted to it that doing anything else seems unthinkable. On the other hand, as soon as it is clear that it is time to change direction, we must not hesitate. We should apply ourselves to our new mission with the same enthusiasm we gave to our previous mission.

Second, just as the Jews did not want to leave a single piece of Egyptian wealth unelevated, we should desire to bring every last individual closer to G‑d. Until we receive a clear directive to focus on something else, we must view every individual estranged from G‑d as a priceless pearl waiting to be redeemed from Egypt.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 21, pp. 77–82.

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Who says the G-d of my  father’s doesn’t work miracles. The G-d of my father’s  Avraham, Yitz’chak and Ya’akov  is  the one true living G-d who brings the dead to life and makes all things possible.

HaShem is the G-d of miracles.

“Donald Trump on Monday became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest place of prayer.”

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The Sixties Radical-Azriel

All of Jewish philosophy is but an attempt to fit inside the human mind that which is contained within the heart of a simple Jew.

It will never fit.

But perhaps the mind, once aware of its inadequacy, will awaken the heart from its slumber.

Hayom Yom, 19 Shvat.

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