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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Could the Word "Money" Derive From Yesterday's "Parshat HaMon?"

Yesterday during a lull at work, a smartphone* was passed around, and we all no matter how externally Torah observant one appeared very carefully and conscientiously prayed the text for "Parshat HaMon," to bring us more money.
Rebbe Mendel of Riminov said that saying Parshas HaMon on Tuesday of Parshas B'Shalach is a Segulah for Parnossa (wealth, income). 
By the time I got home from work, I found lots of reminders and texts in my inbox.  Quite a few bloggers blogged about it in time to help others, like Reesa (credit her for explanation below) and Mystical Paths.
Parshat (Episode of) HaMan (the manna) has to do with the reading in the Torah about the story of the Children of Israel miraculously receiving manna in the desert. For 40 years, Bnei Yisraelwandered in the desert. Every morning, manna fell from the sky, and every day, the people went out to gather enough for just the one day. If they collected more than they needed – let’s say to put some in the freezer for next week when they were expecting company – by the next morning, it would stink and rot in the jar. Moreover, on Friday mornings, Bnei Yisrael were instructed to collect a double portion—one for Friday and one for the Sabbath, for collecting on the Sabbath is forbidden. And on Sabbath morning, when they arose, Bnei Yisrael would find that, not only did no Manna fall that day, but the second jar would be whole and fresh. And if, indeed, they had company coming, or the grandkids popped in for a visit, the manna - which tasted like cake spread with honey - stretched to meet all the needs of the people.
Hope company wasn't coming

This episode taught/teaches us to put our faith in G-d and that everything we have comes from Him. 
I have no doubt that the magic, secret ingredient to success, financial, personal, health etc. is the Hand of G-d.  Of course we must not forget that G-d originated the "matching funds" policy.  We must do our part first and then G-d decides how much to match our efforts.

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It's very rare, headlining news for someone to find a winning lottery ticket floating ownerlessly among garbage.
In October 2012, 27-year-old Marvin Rosales Martinez found a winning million-dollar lottery ticket while blowing leaves during a cleanup following Superstorm Sandy, the New York Post reported.
Martinez promptly turned the ticket in, and the New York Lottery launched a year-long investigation to find its owner, according to CBS New York. But since there was "no report of theft or of a ticket being misplaced," Martinez was told that the ticket was rightfully his. The win was officially announced on Friday, according to the New York Lottery's website.
In most cases we must work very hard for those "lucky breaks."  And they are only "lucky" or successful if G-d decides they should be.

The aim of the Biblical "mon" was not to make us rich.  It was to give us just what we needed. And it was to teach us the value of Shabbat.

Since there are experts who say that we should say Parshat HaMon daily, it's not too late to say it, even if you missed it yesterday.

May G-d give us all we need and may we enjoy what we have.  

As it is said in Pirkei Avot, Lessons of Our Fathers:
He who is rich is satisfied with his portion.
Enjoy your riches in good health.

*It's amazing what one can do with a smartphone.  I can't wait to join in.  When I do I'll ask for help from all of you, of course.  I usually panic at first when I get something new, but then I quickly learn how to use the contraptions. 

6 comments:

Shy Guy said...

Perhaps "Mon-day morning blahs" can be traced back to eating the same thing for breakfast for 40 years.

Just kidding!

Hadassa said...

Shalom!
All of the English names of the week are named after idols as are many of the months.
Money could be related to מונה moneh. (למנות limnot, to count)

Batya Medad said...

Hadassa, I like that!
Shy, very punny...

Janet Kasten Friedman said...

It could also be related to mamon, money or wealth in Hebrew. The doubling of a letter is not uncommon.

Batya Medad said...

Janet, could be. I'd love that old book about how all languages are derived from Hebrew.

hạt điều rang muối said...

Like!