va-y’-da-BER ha-AM be-e-lo-HEEM u-v’-mo-SHE la-MA he-e’-lee-TU-nu mi-mitz-RA-yim la-MOOT ba-mid-BAR kee ayn LEH-khem v’-AYN MA-yim v’-naf-SHAY-nu ka-TZA ba-LE-khem ha-k’-lo-KEL
ה וַיְדַבֵּר הָעָם בֵּאלֹהִים וּבְמֹשֶׁה לָמָה הֶעֱלִיתֻנוּ מִמִּצְרַיִם לָמוּת בַּמִּדְבָּר כִּי אֵין לֶחֶם וְאֵין מַיִם וְנַפְשֵׁנוּ קָצָה בַּלֶּחֶם הַקְּלֹקֵל׃
21:5 We have come to loathe this miserable food
According to the Sages, the manna was a miraculous and wonderful food that tasted like anything a person would wish. If so, why did the Children of Israel complain so bitterly about it, and call it, “this miserable food”? According to the 13th century French scholar Rabbi Hezekiah ben Manoah, and known as Chizkuni, the Israelites were not complaining about the quality of the manna. Rather, they were expressing their impatience and eagerness to enter the Land of Israel where they would finally be able to eat the fruit of their own hands from the soil of the Holy Land.