Daily Zohar # 1892 – Ekev – The three at the head table
21. שֵׁנִית, בַּעַל הַבַּיִת בּוֹצֵעַ, כְּדֵי שֶׁיִּבְצַע בְּעַיִן יָפָה, וּמַשְׁלִים הַבְּרָכָה, וְאַחַר כָּךְ בּוֹצֵעַ. וּפֵרְשׁוּהָ רַבּוֹתֵינוּ שֶׁל הַמִּשְׁנָה, שֶׁאֵין הַמְּסֻבִּים רַשָּׁאִים לִטְעֹם עַד שֶׁיִּטְעֹם הַמְבָרֵךְ, וְאֵין הַבּוֹצֵעַ רַשַּׁאי לִטְעֹם עַד שֶׁיִּכְלֶה אָמֵן מִפִּי הַמְּסֻבִּים. וְאִם רְצוֹנוֹ לְחַלֵּק כָּבוֹד, הָרְשׁוּת בְּיָדוֹ. וְעוֹד פֵּרְשׁוּהָ שֶׁהָאוֹרֵחַ מְבָרֵךְ, בִּשְׁבִיל שֶׁיְּבָרֵךְ אֶת בַּעַל הַבַּיִת.
Continued from previous DZ
“וְעָשִׂיתָ שֻׁלְחָן, עֲצֵי שִׁטִּים: אַמָּתַיִם אָרְכּוֹ וְאַמָּה רָחְבּוֹ, וְאַמָּה וָחֵצִי קֹמָתוֹ”
“”You shall make a table of acacia wood, two cubits long and one cubit wide and one and a half cubits high.”
Everything related to the table is significant because it’s a spiritual connection and every action is a vessel to draw the proper Light to Malchut.
There are ways to honor the meal table. At the head of the table sits the most honorable person then the second and the third. They represent the three columns as parallel to Kohen, Levite and Israelite. After the first three, there is no significance in the order of the seating.
Then the person that organized the meal (is called the owner of the house, ‘בעל הבית’) makes the blessings of ‘Hamotzi’, breaks the bread and gives portions from the bread to those around the table.
He should wait to eat the bread until he hears Amen from those who sit around his table. The Amen activates the Light of the blessing and the bread. The others can not eat until he takes the first bite, drawing this Light to the table.
The guests of the meal lead the blessing after the meal (Birkat Hamazon) so they can have opportunity to bless the owner of the house.
We should treat every food item we eat as a spiritual connection. After all, we want the food to transform itself into pure energy in our body to provide strength and health in body and soul. Without blessings we nourish the body consciousness and the desire for the self alone.
I suggest making proper blessing, looking at the food and having the consciousness of drawing the Light it contains.
Kosher food was supervised to make sure the process of its preparation followed the spiritual laws to provide spiritually pure and balanced energy.