This week, Moses explains to the Israelites why God fed them manna in the wilderness. Throughout their time in the desert, when our ancestors had no way to forage their own food, God rained down sustenance from Heaven. Our rabbis teach that this meal tasted just like whatever the person eating it craved most.
Moses says we ate manna to teach us humility and gratitude. We are supposed to learn from manna that we do not live by bread alone, but by every word that God says. Food might keep us alive, but it is because of Torah that we are truly living.
Our synagogue is a testament to this truth. As all our exciting community events return and we prepare for hybrid services over the High Holy Days, we remember how important it is not just to survive but to delight in each other's company. I am so thrilled to be working here, and getting the chance to meet everyone in this warm and loving community.
Student Rabbi Lev