“ אַל-תִּלְחַם–אֶת-לֶחֶם, רַע עָיִן; וְאַל-תִּתְאָו, לְמַטְעַמֹּתָיו”
“Do not eat the bread of a man who has evil eye; do not desire his delicacies”
The Zohar explains that the Israelites in Egypt enjoyed the food of the Egyptians and that gave the Egyptians the power to hurt the Israelites, keeping them in exile for a longer time. If the Israelites weren’t connected to their food they would have left Egypt and gotten back to the Promised Land much earlier.
Their bondage in Egypt was also related to the pleasures of the material world.
“זָכַרְנוּ, אֶת-הַדָּגָה, אֲשֶׁר-נֹאכַל בְּמִצְרַיִם, חִנָּם; אֵת הַקִּשֻּׁאִים, וְאֵת הָאֲבַטִּחִים, וְאֶת-הֶחָצִיר וְאֶת-הַבְּצָלִים, וְאֶת-הַשּׁוּמִים”
“We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic”
The energy of the food is what we consume everyday and it affects our soul and spiritual existence. The Torah teaches us about the impure animals and birds that we shouldn’t eat. The living creatures have inner energy and when consumed it can hurt our soul in many ways. It can lead to addictions that eventually make the soul ill and fall into the hands of the other side, increasing the desire for the self alone and the material world.