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1)

To what objective should we remember the journeys in the desert?

1.

Ramban and Seforno: To remind us that Hashem looks after those who keep the Mitzvos, that 'A Tzadik is not forsaken and his children seek bread!', 1 as we saw in the desert, where Hashem sustained us (fed and clothed 2 us


2

Refer to 8:4:1:1.

3

See Pesukim 14-18.

2)

In what way was the Manna a test and an affliction?

1.

Ramban #1 1 : It was not just the Manna itself, but the fact that they were forced to enter the desert 2 without adequate provisions, where no food was available, and where, each day, all remaining Manna melted in the sun, and they were left yearning for the next fall the following day.

2.

Rashbam: Inasmuch as they never had any food for the next day. 3

3.

Seforno: It was a test to see whether Yisrael would carry out Hashem's will, now that they were receiving their food and clothes 4 without effort on their part. 5


1

Refer to 8:3:2:1.

2

Ramban: Hashem deliberately led them via that route

3)

On which Mitzvos was the Manna coming to test Yisrael?

1.

Rashi: Hashem afflicted Yisrael by limiting the Manna to test them 1 as to whether would querying him, 2 or by grumbling at the shortage.


1

See Sifsei Chachamim.

2

As they did when they ran short of water

4)

What are the connotations of the words "Lada'as eis asher bi'Levavcha"?

1.

Seforno: Hashem knows what is in a person's heart, and the objective of the test was to actualize their thoughts into deeds, to let the angels of Din know that Yisrael's level is superior to that of all the angels. 1


1

Ramban: And to reward Yisrael for their good deeds. Refer also to Bereishis, 22:1:2:4.

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