“It happened on the seventh day that some of the people went out to gather, and they did not find” (Ex. 16:27)
It is a
minhag (custom) of expressing gratitude to put out breadcrumbs for the birds on ErevLit. Evening Jewish holidays begin in the evening. Hence, Erev Shabbat is the eve of the Sabbath. ShabbatShabbat is the Sabbath day, the Day of Rest, and is observed from Friday night through Saturday night. Is set aside from the rest of the week both in honor of the fact that God rested on the seventh day after creating the world. On Shabbat, many Jews observe prohibitions from various activities designated as work. Shabbat is traditionally observed with festive meals, wine, challah, prayers, the reading and studying of Torah, conjugal relations, family time, and time with friends. of Parshat BeShalakh.
Give thanks to the birds,
living as the Force of Life created them,
according to their nature, present to every divinely provided
Consider how the Presence deployed them:
a flock of natural wonders,
winged enforcers of Divine will
devouring manna laid out by saboteurs
resistant to belief and trust, as humans are prone to do,
in spite of deeds and repeated reassurances,
unconvinced by destruction or liberation,
a split sea or a daily portion.
Give thanks for the birds,
their feathers, flight and song
portents of potentiality
reminders of the plague of unbelief,
bringers of hope
so that those who went to hunt for manna
and in that open space, Presence.