We must all be mindful of keeping our envy in check, particularly in relating to close family members, co-workers and friends. We can be blinded by what I have come to label as our “inner Korah,” the part of us that allows jealousy and hurt to make us self-absorbed and prone to creating suffering.
The naturalistic and fantastical approaches to conceptualizing the nature of the manna points to the recurrent Jewish impulse to interpret, both in terms of the Torah’s plain meaning, and in terms that will inspire spiritual seeking.
What does it mean to make oneself like a wilderness? Unlike private property, in the ownerless wilderness there are no walls and no gatekeepers. It is a place of uncertainty and expansiveness, of majesty and possibility. When we make ourselves like a wilderness, we open our hearts and minds to being changed by what we encounter.