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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 (Ibid.): 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'yeancha, 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: "He afflicted you" - by leading you through the desert 1 for forty years; "He afflicted you" - at first; 2 "And He fed you the Manna" - after that. 3


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.

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