Beha’alothecha – Content vs. Presentation
“We remember the fish we ate in Egypt free of charge, the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now, our life is parched, there is nothing; we have nothing to anticipate but the Manna.” (Numbers 11:5-6)
The Torah then goes on to describe the Manna. Its look was appealing, like tiny white pearls, and its taste was like a cake kneaded in oil (without the calories). The properties of the Manna were like those of a super multivitamin, providing all the nourishment the body required without producing any waste. The Midrash states that the taste of the Manna was such that one could appreciate the flavors of one’s favorite foods in it. It was versatile, could be consumed in any manner the chef prepared it, minced, baked, fried or cooked. It was basically tofu, but of extremely high grade.