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What's Up Mon?

The Gemara in Chullin [139] asks where Haman is alluded to in the Torah. There is an alternative text of the Gemara that answers from the pasuk "And [Hashem] gave you "the mon" ["haman"] to eat" [devarim 8].

In light of this Gemara we can see a deeper meaning in the pasuk in Yehoshua [ch. 5] that relates that the mon stopped on the 16th of Nissan. Indeed, Haman met his ignominious end on the 16 of Nissan. "The Mon" was stopped. [Rav Nossson Geshtetner Shlita].


כן יאבדו כל איוביך השם

some other interesting connections between haman and the mon:

-see rashi in beshalach where he transaltes "mon" as "hachanat mazon", quite similar to haman's alternate name - memuchan (~hachana).

-chazal say, "lo nitna torah elah l'ochlei haman (i.e. the mon)", referring to bnei yisrael in the midbar; of course the only other time there was a kabalas hatorah ("kimu vekiblu" = kimu ma shekiblu kvar) was at the time of purim, where they were "ochlei haman" in a certain sense.

In Yeshivat HaKotel of the 1990's there was a teacher who developed this idea in depth. Baruch shekivanta.

Yes, I was debating whether to bring geula to the world by quoting the source of those thoughts (the development of which changed my purim experience forever).
In any case, I apologize for implying that it was I who came up with those interesting connections.

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