In this week’s Parsha, Moshe reminds the Jewish people, “Remember the path that G-d
led you in the desert for 40 years . . . He gave you the manna – food from heaven for
which you did not have to work . . . in order that you should know that man does not live
on bread alone. Rather, by what comes from the mouth of G-d man will live.”
“Man does not live by bread alone” – there are different foods that people eat with bread.
Some people prefer dairy while others prefer meat. Some people go for vegetables others
go for fish. There are several foods one can eat with bread and each one is acceptable.
Similarly, the Torah is like bread. Just as bread, the Torah is a staple of life. We cannot
live without it. Yet, there is more than one manner to observe the Torah. We have
Chassidim, Misnagdim, Ashkenazim, Sefardim, Yeminites, the eastern Jewish
communities originating from Iraq and Iran, Lithuanians, Hungarians, Russians, Germans
and more. Not by one type of person alone do the Jewish people survive. But by a collection of our
unique and G-d given parts do we thrive. There is more than one way to serve G-d. One
can serve G-d in the Bais Midrash . . . one can serve G-d in the army . . . one can serve G-
d through working in the field of medicine, accounting, law, auto mechanic, household
repairs, etc. G-d did not create just one type of Jew. We are one nation descended from twelve tribes –
each of whom was different and served G-d in his own unique and proper way.
“Man does not live by bread alone” – he needs something to go between the slices.