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The Third Month Family
“My children are constantly fighting with each other,” laments Susan, a mother of three young children. “They bicker about the size of their dinner portions. They argue over whose turn it is to do a chore. They quarrel over who plays with which toy, and they fight over who is smarter or friendlier.
“I’m tired of being a referee. It’s almost impossible to find the right compromise! And instead of improving with time, it just gets worse as they get older.
The Manna, Shabbat and Jacob’s Ladder
For the forty years the Jews spent in the desert, they subsisted on manna, the miraculous food that fell from heaven.
The manna has a special connection with Shabbat. On weekdays, every morning the manna would be found lying on the ground outside the camp. The people would gather it and eat it during the day; if they tried to keep it overnight, it would go moldy.
The miracle of the manna began on a Sunday morning. On the Friday of that week, when the people brought the manna back to their tents, each family found they had a double portion. Moses told them that this extra portion was for Shabbat. It would keep fresh over Friday night, and on Shabbat no one should go out to look for the manna. This was the first real opportunity for the Jewish people to keep Shabbat.
The Reluctant Partner
Before Jews left Egypt they were told to "borrow" gold and silver from their Egyptian neighbors. The Egyptians, who understood that this was to be, at best, a "long term loan," were reluctant to part with their valuables, but in the end acquiesced to the loan.
Then, just before the Jewish exodus, many Egyptians, of their own volition, offered tremendous gifts of cattle and livestock. What happened? Why the sudden change?