Ekev

After recounting the miraculous tale of being fed Manna in the desert, Moses notes: “it was in order to teach you that man does not live on bread alone, but by the provisions of God he lives.” This is often taken to refer to the higher spiritual needs of humanity. Perhaps so, but the plainer meaning speaks of material needs. Like in Maslow’s pyramid, almost nothing in the Torah can be achieved on an empty stomach. We need to work hard to create and provide “bread”, in all its forms. The problem is taking bread for granted, for thinking that we fully control its production, that chaos happens to others, that stability and sustenance are anything short of a miracle.

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[Deuteronomy 8:3 // ‘Le repas frugal’ by Pablo Picasso ]

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