Eikev – Heavenly bread: when we have more than we need
In Parshat Eikev, Moshe reminds Am Yisrael of the Manna that HaShem had been giving them for the past 40 years, and the lesson that can be learned from it.
The first time the Jews encountered the Manna, they had only been travelling for a short period of time since they crossed the Red Sea, at which point they had finished their provisions which they took out of Egypt and desperately needed food.
HaShem informs us that He will miraculously provide us with bread from the sky, Manna, which we will be able to live off in the desert. However, with the Manna comes one of the first set of laws in which Am Yisrael had to follow. Every morning the Manna would fall, and a member of every household had to collect a certain amount of Manna, no more, no less.
When they brought it back to their tents and measured their Manna again, if they had originally collected less or more than the prescribed amount, the Manna would miraculously become the exact prescribed amount. This was to test and teach the nation to not hoard food and to trust in HaShem to provide for them the exact amount of food needed for each day.
Imagine, Am Yisrael is a slave nation, which had never had control over any aspects of their lives, even the ability to find their own food and eat how much they want. Now, HaShem is providing them with abundant f