In previous DZ study we studied the ten things we need to do with the Kiddush cup. It was the third element of the ten things recommended to us to do in relation to the Shabbat meals.
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The dining table should have Torah study.
The table is the aspect of the left, which is judgment and the Torah brings Chessed from the right. The process of eating is like bringing sacrifices to the Altar to create a spiritual opening and draw light. This should be done with spiritual connection by studying the secrets of the Torah. The Zohar quotes Isaiah 28:8 to describe tables where people eat without study of Torah.
” כִּי כָּל-שֻׁלְחָנוֹת, מָלְאוּ קִיא צֹאָה, בְּלִי, מָקוֹם”
“For all tables are full of filthy vomit, and no place is clean.”
This is a terrible picture and to avoid it always have a Zohar on the table to read/scan before and during meal.
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Doing Tzedaka by sharing the food with poor people. Tzedakah adds days to a person’s life. The soul enjoys longer life from the study of Torah in this world and the world to come. It is the same with giving Tzedakah to the poor. Sustaining others by supporting their physical and spiritual life merit the soul of the giver to stand at the time of the resurrection. Before a person comes to enjoy a meal, he should think and share his blessings with others in need.
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The sixth is about eating the food properly. Food should be grinded thoroughly between the teeth. The 32 teeth we have are the aspect of the creation of the world. From the ‘mouth’ of God came out the 10 sayings of ‘Let there be…’ using the 22 letters of the sacred Hebrew. We should eat by grinding the food and not by swallowing it.
” וַיֹּאמֶר עֵשָׂו אֶל-יַעֲקֹב, הַלְעִיטֵנִי נָא מִן-הָאָדֹם הָאָדֹם הַזֶּה ”
” And Esau said to Jacob: ‘Let me swallow, I pray thee, some of this red, red pottage ”
Esau could not have proper spiritual connection because he was swallowing his food.
Our study should also be done by the method of ‘grinding’ and not swallowing. The Daily Zohar ‘grinds’ the Zohar paragraph by paragraph without skips. We may not be able to get to the depth of each paragraph but we are always progressing systematically by the sequential order of the Zohar paragraphs.