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The first time the concept of Shabbos is discussed in the Torah is in this week's Parsha of Behalach, Exodus 13:17 - 17:16. It comes in conjunction with the Manna from Heaven. On the sixth day of receiving the manna, the Jews discovered that they had received a double portion. Moshe informed them that there would be no manna the next day as it would be Shabbos. Our requirements of eating three meals on Shabbos and having two complete loaves of Challah are derived from the story of the manna. There must be an intrinsic connection between the manna and the Shabbos.

The Shabbos and the manna are both expressions of faith in G'd. Both indicate that the Almighty takes care of us. The manna was very unusual. Each man, woman and child was commanded to eat an omer of manna daily. An omer is approximately five pounds. All manna had to have been completely consumed before the end of the day. Any leftover manna would rot and become infested. One of the disheartening things about the manna was that the Jews never experienced certainty. Their cupboards were empty. The Jews went to sleep each night only with the faith that the Almighty would provide their needs the next day.

The Shabbos is similar in that it would make more sense for a person to be able to work on Shabbos. This additional work would generate additional income. Jews, however, are guided by their faith in the Almighty that our cupboards will be filled even though we work 15% less than the rest of the world.

The Talmud states that a person with a full stomach who asks, "What will I eat tomorrow?" can be counted among the katnei emuna - those of little faith. The Almighty has been directly involved with making sure that the Jews had their needs fulfilled 3000 years ago. The Almighty is doing so today.


Dovid Tennenhaus came to Quebec before World War II. He was born in Romania and had a deep appreciation for Chasidus. Nine yeshiva students arrived in Montreal in 1942 from Chang Hai (many Jews escaped the Nazi, Um"Sh, first through Lithuania then to China) and Dovid became part of their group. They urged him to go to New York and speak with the Previous Rebbe - which he did twice. During those years, Rabbi Tennnenhaus became friendly with the Rebbe's son-in-law - who would later become Rebbe.

The group came from Montreal for the Rebbe's first Yahrtzeit in 1951. Many people received private audiences (the Rebbe did not accept the position of Rebbe until the following evening). Reb Dovid presented the Rebbe with a pan hiskashrus - a pledge of commitment to the Rebbe. He asked the Rebbe quite candidly, "What do you need this whole thing for? You can sit off in a corner unnoticed and learn all day?" The Rebbe responded, "There is a difference between Polish/Hungarian Chasidim and Lubavitchers. The Polisher Rebbes do all the work and his followers "hang on". In Lubavitch, the followers must do their own work and the Rebbe acts as a guide. If only but a few Chasidim work - it will all be worth it."

(Heard from Rabbi Rafi Tennenhaus - shliach in Hollywood, Florida and son of Dovid Tennenhaus)


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