Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Life Lessons
Parshas Bishalach: Rav Moshe Shternbuch - The Test of The Mun

When Bnei Yisroel complained that they would die of starvation in the Midbar, Hashem told Moshe that he would send Mun from the sky, "למען אנסנו הילך בתורתי אם לא", to test us if we will go with the Torah or not (Bishalach 16:4). Free food without effort! What kind of test is that?

Rav Moshe Shternbuch explains that people have an alibi for not toiling in Torah study; their time is busy trying to support their family. However when they are blessed with financial success this excuse is no longer credible. The test of the Mun was the test of a life without excuses. With all our physical needs tended to would we the Bnei Yisroel learn Torah or not?

This test was not unique to the Dor HaMidbar. Each one of us on our own level face the same challenge. Whether we choose Torah as our career path or enter the working world, we still have down time. How do we spend it? The answer to this question and the way we respond to this challenge is what defines us as a person. The ultimate test of all.