1)

Since Moshe had told them that the Man would not fall on Shabbos,, how could they take their baskets and go out to collect?

1.

Oznayim la'Torah (citing Seifer ha'Mat'amim): Dasan and Aviram scattered their Shabbos portion of Man in the desert on Friday, in order to prove Moshe a liar. 1


1

Oznayim la'Torah (Ibid.): Only it was eaten by birds- which explains why the Torah concludes "ve'Lo Matza'u".

2)

What is the significance of the fact that their breaking of Shabbos is followed by the Parshah of Amalek?

1.

Shabbos, 118b: This teaches us that, had Yisrael keept the first Shabbos, 1 no nation (neither Amalek nor any other nation) would ever have been able to defeat them.


1

See Torah Temimah, note 39, who discusses the Kashya posed by Tosfos in Shabbos, 87b

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