Working Creates Taste by Michael Winner/6/10/2023 This Dvar Torah WAS ready on time... but getting ready for Shabbos was a tad hectic. So... better late than never.---My wife works for a small company in Yerushaliyim and had to go in for a 'breakfast meeting' early in the week.. The owner, a chassid with no official higher education, runs the company, and built himself up from zero to … well, very well off. He's an amazing person who is always taking care of his clients and his workers. When working on testimonials, she was amazed to hear how he single-handedly saved people from losing hundreds of thousands of shekels, when he could have simply kept his mouth shut and let things ride, making life easier for him. He told everybody that that night he is heading off to Europe for a "quick day trip" to the graves of two tzaddikim who passed away that day. If anybody has anything to daven for, they could write it down, and he would bring them with him. My wife asked him to daven for something a friend of ours is going through, without going into detail, and when he came back he left her a message, "I left a few tears for them there." This is a wonderful example of what a mentch looks like. There's a sensitivity here that we can all learn from."The people would go about and gather it, grind it between millstones or pound it in a mortar, boil it in a pot, and make it into cakes. It tasted like rich cream" (Bamidbar 11: 8).Rashi comments that the mun did not fall into the pots or other cooking utensils. Rather, they gathered it, ground it, and baked/cooked it, and that's what changed its taste.I always had a question: we know (and I apologize, I don't have the source here) that the mun tasted like whatever the person wanted it to taste like, yet the pasuk explicitly says what it tasted like. It sounds a bit contradictory. However, from this Rashi, perhaps we can understand that the natural taste of the mun was like "rich cream," yet after they cooked or baked it, the taste changed to whatever they wanted.Rav Shimshon Pincus also notes a very interesting point to learn from this Rashi on life. The taste of the mun only came from the grinding, baking and cooking; from the working of the mun. And this is no different then any other undertaking a person makes, spiritual or physical. A person only gets a taste" of success if he works for it.Somebody might want to learn an entire mesechta of Gemara, but has a hard time with it. So, he will come up with a prize and he will only get that prize at the end. After months of hard work, he finishes the mesechta and he receives his prize. So, now he has two forms of simcha: one, he knows that he worked hard and accomplished his goal. Second, because he worked so hard for it, the simcha he receives from the prize is much more than the simcha he would have received from the prize without the work.This works with dieting as well. The ice cream sundae a person eats when he is not on a diet, does not taste the same as after the one he gets for losing 15 pounds. There's an extra "taste" in that ice cream that doesn't exist in other ice creams.The true joy (for a mature human being, not so much for children) that we get in life is after working hard for something. A person who receives a prize for doing something easy or finding cheats to win … in general they don't feel as if they earned it. Yes, they got a prize, but it's without the inner satisfaction that he truly worked for it.This gives us an important piece of insight into human behavior and also gives us a nice tool to motivate us to succeed in difficult projects.I hope you HAD a wonderful Shabbos!