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1)

What is the significance of the fact that neither they, nor their fathers had known about the Manna?

1.

Ramban #1: The fact that one can live on the supernatural Manna for a long period of time was a Chidush (a novelty) that neither they nor their ancestors would have conceived possible. 1

2.

Ramban #2 (citing the Midrash Rabah): The Torah is pointing out tremendous Chesed that Hashem had performed for the first time 2 by feeding them Heavenly grain, something that neither they nor their holy forefathers 3 had ever merited before. And this teaches us that, since Hashem can sustain man in whichever way He decrees, we should keep His Mitzvos in order to live.


1

See R. Chavel's notes.

2

Ramban: On the merit of Moshe.

3

Ramban: Despite the fact that they had followed Him in whatever He had commanded them - See Bereishis 12:1.

2)

What are the implications of "va'Y'ancha, va'Yar'ivecha va'Yachilcha Es ha'Man ... "?

1.

Ramban #1: They all refer to the Manna. Refer to 8:2:2:1.

2.

Ramban #2, Moshav Zekenim: "He afflicted you" - by leading you through the desert 1 for 40 years; "He afflicted you" - at first; 2 "And He fed you the Manna" - after that. 3 Moshav Zekenim


1

Ramban: As in Tehilim, 102:24.

2

See Shemos 16:3.

3

The Ramban proceeds to explain Pesukim 15, 16 in similar fashion. He concludes however, that although this explanation is more basic, his first explanation is the more correct one.

3)

What was the purpose of informing us on what man lives?

1.

Da'as Zekenim, Hadar Zekenim, Rosh: One should not put his trust in food, rather, on what comes from Hashem's mouth 1 . I.e. His Mitzvos give life, in this world and in the world to come.


1

Peninim mi'Shulchan ha'Gra (Bereishis 1:29): Initially, vegetation would not sustain man and animals. The last utterance of creation ("Nasati Lachem Es Kol Esev

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