11 Shevat, January 30, 2007
Having problems making a living? Reading Parshat HaMann (the Manna) is a well-known segula. Ten years ago, my daughter's last sheva-brachot, which was held at lunchtime, was on the Tuesday of Parshat Beshalach. Someone handed out little papers with prayers to recite, and the parsha to read, and the women's section turned into a miniature Beit Medrash! May Hashem hear all of our tefillot (prayers) and may we be zocheh (merit) to use our money as a tool for spiritual growth.
Anyway, I received the following email, originally sent by Rabbi Avraham Greenberg.:
Those who "know the times" teach that on Tuesday of the week of Parshas Beshallach -- which falls this year on Tuesday 11 Shevat / 30 Jan -- it is very propitious for livelihood to recite Parshat HaMann, the Torah section that speaks of the Manna (Shemot 16:4-35). Those who read Hebrew should preferably read the Hebrew text twice over, verse by verse, together with the Aramaic Targum. Reading the text in English will also surely help! The recital of this passage should be preceded and followed by prayers for livelihood. The very recognition that the livelihood God sends us is "Manna" itself enhances our appreciation and enjoyment of what we have.
Text of the prayers:
PRAYER TO BE SAID BEFORE RECITING PARSHAT HAMANN: May it be Your will, HaShem our God and God of our fathers, that you should provide livelihood for all Your people the House of Israel, and my livelihood and that of all my household among them, easily and without pain, with honor and not with shame, in permissible and not through forbidden ways, in order that we may carry out Your service and study Your Torah just as You sustained our ancestors with Manna in a dry and desolate land.
Text of the Parsha (Judaic Press http://www.judaicapress.com/product_info.php?ref=1339&products_id=221 )
4. So the Lord said to Moses, Behold! I am going to rain down for you bread from heaven, and the people shall go out and gather what is needed for the day, so that I can test them, whether or not they will follow My teaching.
5. And it shall be on the sixth day that when they prepare what they will bring, it will be double of what they gather every day. 6. [Thereupon,] Moses and Aaron said to all the children of Israel, [In the] evening, you shall know that the Lord brought you out of the land of Egypt. 7. And [in the] morning, you shall see the glory of the Lord when He hears your complaints against the Lord but [of] what [significance] are we, that you make [the people] complain against us? 8. And Moses said, When the Lord gives you in the evening meat to eat and bread in the morning [with which] to become sated, when the Lord hears your complaints, which you are making [the people] complain against Him, but [of] what significance] are we? Not against us are your complaints, but against the Lord. 9. And Moses said to Aaron, Say to the entire community of the children of Israel, Draw near before the Lord, for He has heard your complaints. 10. And it came to pass when Aaron spoke to the entire community of the children of Israel, that they turned toward the desert, and behold! the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. 11. The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 12. I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel. Speak to them, saying, In the afternoon you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be sated with bread, and you shall know that I am the Lord, your God.13. It came to pass in the evening that the quails went up and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp.
14. The layer of dew went up, and behold, on the surface of the desert, a fine, bare [substance] as fine as frost on the ground. 15. When the children of Israel saw [it], they said to one another, It is manna, because they did not know what it was, and Moses said to them, It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.16. This is the thing that the Lord has commanded, Gather of it each one according to his eating capacity, an omer for each person, according to the number of persons, each one for those in his tent you shall take. 17. And the children of Israel did so: they gathered, both the one who gathered much and the one who gathered little. 18. And they measured [it] with an omer, and whoever gathered much did not have more, and whoever gathered little did not have less; each one according to his eating capacity, they gathered. 19. And Moses said to them, Let no one leave over [any] of it until morning. 20. But [some] men did not obey Moses and left over [some] of it until morning, and it bred worms and became putrid, and Moses became angry with them. 21. They gathered it morning by morning, each one according to his eating capacity, and [when] the sun grew hot, it melted. 22. It came to pass on the sixth day that they gathered a double portion of bread, two Omers for [each] one, and all the princes of the community came and reported [it] to Moses. 23. So he said to them, That is what the Lord spoke, Tomorrow is a rest day, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. Bake whatever you wish to bake, and cook whatever you wish to cook, and all the rest leave over to keep until morning. 24. So they left it over until morning, as Moses had commanded, and it did not become putrid, and not a worm was in it. 25. And Moses said, Eat it today, for today is a Sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field. 26. Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day [which is the] Sabbath on it there will be none 27. It came about that on the seventh day, [some] of the people went out to gather [manna], but they did not find [any]. 28. The Lord said to Moses, How long will you refuse to observe My commandments and My teachings? 29. See that the Lord has given you the Sabbath. Therefore, on the sixth day, He gives you bread for two days. Let each man remain in his place; let no man leave his place on the seventh day 30. So the people rested on the seventh day.
31. The house of Israel named it manna, and it was like coriander seed, [it was] white, and it tasted like a wafer with honey. 32. Moses said, This is the thing that the Lord commanded: Let one omerful of it be preserved for your generations, in order that they see the bread that I fed you in the desert when I took you out of the land of Egypt. 33. And Moses said to Aaron, Take one jug and put there an omerful of manna, and deposit it before the Lord to be preserved for your generations 34. As the Lord had commanded Moses, Aaron deposited it before the testimony to be preserved. 35. And the children of Israel ate the manna for forty years until they came to an inhabited land. They ate the manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan.
PRAYER TO BE SAID AFTER RECITING THE PARSHAT HAMANN: You alone are God: You made the heavens and the heavens of the heavens, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You sustain them all, and it is You who constantly performed great miracles and wonders for our ancestors. Even in the wilderness You caused bread to rain dowwn for them from heaven, and from the flinty rock You brought forth water, and You also gave them all that they needed, and their clothes did not wear out. So too in Your abundant mercy and very great kindness, feed us, sustain us and provide all our many needs and those of Your People, the House of Israel, plentifully and abundantly, without great effort and toil, from Your pure, clean hand and not from the hand of flesh and blood.
May it be Your will, HaShem my God and God of my fathers, that you should prepare for me and all the members of my household all that we require, and provide sufficient for all our needs every day of our lives, and enough for each and every hour, with suffient to give life to every one of our bones and limbs in accordance with Your good and generous hand and not according to our own few accomplishments or limited kindness. Let my livelihood and the livelihood of the members of my household, my seed and the seed of my seed be entrusted in Your hand and not in the hand of flesh and blood. Amen.
Reb Mendel M'Riminov said that saying Parshat Ha'monn (Shneyim Mikroh V'Echod Targum) on Tuesday Parshat B'Shalach is a Segulah for Parnassah.
Shneyim Mikroh V'Echod Targum is Layning it twice with the Trup, then saying the Unkelus once.
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