Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Parshat HaMann - Segula for Parnossa

Art: Heidi Malott
Not to be confused with the evil villain of the Purim story, Parshat haMann (The Chapter of the Manna) is found in the 16th Chapter of the Book of Exodus: verses 4-36. This Chapter details the episode of the miraculous "Manna" (bread from heaven) that sustained the Children of Israel during their 40-year journey in the desert.

Rav Yosef Caaro, the "mechaber" (compiler) of the monumental Halachic text, the Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 1:5, instructs us to recite it daily. Other giants of Halacha also point to the importance of reciting it daily: The Tur 1; Aruch Hashulchan 1:22; Shulchan Aruch HaRav 1:9.

By so doing, every Jew acknowledges that his/her livelihood comes from only from Hashem. Reciting the Parshat HaMann daily strengthens one's Emuna and Bitachon (belief and trust) in HASHEM, and is a "Segula for Parnassa" (auspicious for having a healthy income).

Rebbe Menachem Mendel of Riminov (1745-1815), a disciple of the Holy Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhensk, instructed everyone to read "Parshat HaMann" specifically on the Yom Shlishi (Tuesday) of Parshat (Torah portion of) Beshalach in the "Shnayim Mikra v'Echad Targum" format, i.e. reading the Hebrew verses twice and the Aramaic translation of Onkelos once.

To read Parshat haMann in Hebrew (with the Aramaic translation of Onkelos), please visit: Tefillos.com

English version here: Ou.org

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