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On Today's Theme:
It says in Exodus that the manna that fell for the Israelites to eat,
"...was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers
made with honey." (KJV) This sustaining food fell from the sky for them
when they had no other means of eating. What a sweet-tasting miracle in
the midst of utter dependence on the Lord! Today's quote is extremely
appropriate in light of the world's current economic situation; it is also
inspirationally honest and beautifully written. Many thanks to Chabad.org
for use of the text. The accompanying artwork comes from the site as well.
I found it irresistibly linked to the text and couldn't bear to separate the two.
- Lisa Bowman
Shevat 7, 5769 · February 1, 2009
Artwork and text reprinted courtesy
Manna in a Basket
By Tzvi Freeman
In truth, there are two possible channels by which to receive
your livelihood, according to the perspective you take in life:
You could decide to become just another element of nature, chasing
after your bread in the chaos, running the race of survival of the fittest.
And the fact is, you may even do well taking this route -- in the short run.
In the long run, however, your soul is being denied its nourishment,
and your body, too, will never feel satisfied.
Or you could see your life as an intimate relationship with the Source
of Life Above -- as though all your livelihood was no more than manna
from heaven, handed to you personally and lovingly straight
from the hand of your G-d and partner in all you do.
Then your main job is to keep the basket where your manna will fall
sparkling clean, insuring that no one is being hurt or misled
by your business. To spend the profits you are granted
on spreading kindness in the world.
Maybe you'll get rich this way.
Maybe you won't.
But you will always be satisfied.
...and now, The Last Word:
He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then
feeding you with manna, which neither you nor
your fathers had known, to teach you that man
does not live on bread alone but on every word
that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
The Holy Bible
New International Version
Random Bonus Quote:
One day a boy is praying to G-d when he is passed by a man that
he does not know. The man stops and asks the boy why he is
praying. The boy tells the man that he prays because G-d has
performed many miracles, such as leading the Hebrews out of
Egypt and helping them to cross the Red Sea. The man says
that the Red Sea was only about 10 inches deep when the
Hebrews left Egypt, so there was no miracle at all. The man then
goes to leave but stops when he sees that the boy is continuing to
pray. When the man asks the boy why, he replies that G-d still per-
formed miracles, since, "it's miraculous that he was able to drown
an army of Egyptians in only 10 inches of water!"