The Chalot tell us a story - Beshalach

Friday, 18 January, 2019 - 4:23 am

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Today, like every week, we will set the table for Shabbat and we will place there two fresh delicious Chalot, nicely covered. This week, they will have a special taste, since they come directly from this week’s Parasha Beshalach.

In last week’s Parasha, the Jews left Egypt and they are now in the desert. The Matzot they had prepared for the journey finished. What will they eat now? This is when one of the greatest miracles started, which lasted for forty years, until the Jews entered the land of Israel. This was the Manna, the bread from Heaven. Each morning, the manna fell from the sky, covered by dew. On Fridays, a double portion came down, so that the Jews would not need to make the effort on Shabbat to gather it.

This is the reason why at every Shabbat table, we have two Chalot, like the double portion of Manna, and we cover them, just like the Manna was covered in dew.

Until today, the Manna continues to teach us trust in G-d. Every day, the Israelites were permitted to gather only one portion per person. They could not store Manna for the next day. They had to have complete trust in G-d, that He will reiterate the miracle on the next day as well.

Would you be able to go to sleep every day with an empty fridge and be sure that G-d will provide you with food on the next day?

Today, let’s set the Shabbat table all together. Women and girls will light the Shabbat candles (candle lighting time in Athens is 17:14), men and boys will make Kiddush and as we will eat the delicious Chalot, we will remember the endless trust that our forefathers had in G-d and try to imitate them.

Ας δυναμώσουμε την εμπιστοσύνη μας στον Θ-ό, ότι θα μας δώσει ό,τι χρειαζόμαστε και ας είμαστε ήρεμοι.

Let’s strengthen our trust in G-d, that He will provide us with what we need, an let’s be peaceful. 

Shabbat Shalom,


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