Monday, January 21, 2013

Parshas HaMann: Segula for Parnossa

Art: Heidi Malott

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.   This year it will occur on Tuesday 22 January.

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].

To read Parshat haMann in Hebrew [with the Aramaic translation of Onkelos], please visit:

English version here:


Anonymous said...

Re: connection of the villain Haman to parshas HaMon... Haman was a descendant of Amalek who attacks Yisroel when we are sunk in Safek (gematria Amalek). This is a lack of Emuna. Mon is bread of Emunah (same shoresh). Chazal say: "Lo nitna Torah ela l'ochlei HaMon" Torah is only given to those who eat the Mon. And since Yisroel's full acceptance of the Torah shb'al peh (Oral Law) only cam about at the time of Purim, we could also read this statement as: "Torah is only given to those who eat Haman!" - since the Jews "ate up" the evil Haman at that time.

Anonymous said...

Adore Heidi Malott's artwork.