Monday, January 30, 2012

This Tuesday: Parshas ha-Mon

Received by email from Reb Dovid Friedman

L’iluy Nishmas Ahron ben Dovid Shimon Halevi, z'l - 9 Kislev 5771
L'iluy Nishmas Moshe Chaim, z'l, ben Velvel Berel, n’y - 8 Kislev 5772

Reb Mendel Riminover’s Segulah

There is a well known custom to say Parshas ha-Mon “shnayim mikra v’echad targum” on the Tuesday of Parshas Beshalach. This year the date will be January 31st / 7th of Shevat. The source for this is the great Chassidishe rebbe, Reb Menachem Mendel of Riminov, according to a tradition that goes back to the Shiniva Rov.

Rav Gamliel Rabinovitz, shlita, cautions that just saying Parshas ha-Mon without having emunah is not what was intended. A segulah for parnasa is supposed to bring us to increase our trust in Hashem. The Ramban at the end of Parshas Bo states that one has no share in the Torah of Moshe Rabbeinu until he believes that everything that happens is a miracle, and there is truly no such thing as “nature.” The Mechilta says: “The Torah was only given to those who ate mon.” Based on the Ramban, we can understand this to mean that through internalizing the message of Parshas ha-Mon, we can be worthy of having a share in the Torah.

On the one hand, some people say, “What do you need this segulah for? Just daven to Hashem.” On the other hand, others think they can simply recite this Torah passage and they will automatically get rich.

It doesn’t say anywhere that this is a segulah to get rich. Reb Noson of Breslov explains that the main brochah of parnasa is when one accepts whatever one receives from Hashem with ratzon tov; he is same’akh be-chelko; and he has emunah that this is the will of Hashem, and it is all for his good. He explains further that “only this is called ashirus (wealth) and parnasa (livelihood).” If one has great wealth, but doesn’t have a sense of gratification from it, but always worries about his money and is jealous of people who have more than him, etc., then that is not called wealth (Likutey Halakhos, Netilas Yadayim li-Se’udah 6:85).

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov teaches that one should ask Hashem for every single thing he needs; nothing is too great or too trivial to daven for. A person has to receive everything through tefillah. Otherwise, although he may get everything he needs without tefillah, he receives it like an animal (i.e., without intellect) (Sichos HaRan 233). If we don’t get what we want, we need to believe that whatever Hashem does is for our best.

Thus, we should recite the segulah of Parshas ha-Mon as a form of tefillah, with emunah and bitachon in Hashem, Who provides us with whatever we need. May we receive everything with simchah and ratzon tov, like a human being—and may all Klal Yisrael be zokheh to parnosa tovah u’rechavah, amen.

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