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Devarim 8:3 explains the true purpose of the mohn: "He afflicted you and starved you and fed you the mohn that you did not know and that your fathers did not know. To teach you that not on bread alone does man live but on all that God says does man live". I'm summarizing two explanations. One from Ramba"n that says on "You did not know" meaning that you ...


I heard this from the grandfather of a friend of mine, so I can't really provide a good source, but it's an awesome explanation.The Netziv in Emek Hanetziv on the Sifri Piska 30 Parshas BaHaloscha explains this way as well. The Jews were living in the desert, where they lived a miraculous existence. When they came into Israel, life would revert to a less ...

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