How can the Torah compare the Manna to coriander-seed, bearing in mind that the coriander-seed is not white, whereas the Manna was?


Rashi and Rashbam: The comparison to a coriander-seed is confined to its round shape exclusively, 1 but not to its color. 2


Indeed, the Torah needs to mention that the Manna was white, precisely because the coriander-seed is not (Rashi).


As a matter of fact, the Rashbam explains that the Manna was white like crystal, in which case 'white' really means colorless.


And how will we reconcile this Pasuk, which describes the taste of the Manna as "ke'Tzapichis bi'Devash" (a dough fried in honey), whereas in Beha'aloscha (11:8) it defines the Manna as "L'shad ha'Shamen" (a dough kneaded with oil)?


Rashbam #1 (citing Yoma, 75b): It tasted like a Tzapichis bi'Devash to the children, and like a L'shad ha'Shamen to older people.


Rashbam #2: It tasted like a honey-cake in its raw state, but like an oil-cake once it had been ground. 1


Seeing as the Pasuk in Beha'aloscha mentions the fact that they were able to grind it (Rashbam).

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