Daily Zohar # 1894 – Ekev – Don’t lose the war
25. אָמַר לָנוּ, אַתֶּם רְצִיתֶם לֶחֶם תַּפְנוּקִים בְּלִי קְרָב, אוֹ לֶחֶם עִם קְרָב. שֶׁכָּךְ פֵּרְשׁוּהָ רַבּוֹתֵינוּ שֶׁל הַמִּשְׁנָה, שְׁעַת אֲכִילָה שְׁעַת מִלְחָמָה. וְאִם רְצִיתֶם שֶׁיִּהְיֶה עָלָיו קְרָב, אֵין אֶחָד אוֹכֵל. אֶלָּא מִי שֶׁיְּנַצַּח בַּקְּרָב, הוּא אוֹכֵל וּבוֹצֵעַ לְכֻלָּם. אָמְרוּ לוֹ הַחֲבֵרִים, בְּנִי, אַתָּה קָטָן, וַעֲדַיִן לֹא יָדַעְתִּי אֵיךְ נִלְחָמִים גְּבָרִים גְּדוֹלִים בְּחֶרֶב, בְּנִעְנוּעַ הַחֶרֶב, בְּרֹמַח, בְּקֶשֶׁת, בְּחִצֵי הַקֶּשֶׁת, בְּמַקְלֵעַ וּבְאַבְנֵי מַקְלֵעַ.
Continued from previous DZ
Rabbi Shimon tells Moses that one time he and his friends went to a hotel and a small boy (Yenuka) prepared for them a table with light and all kind of food and drinks as if he was an adult. The boy, who was only five years old, told them that the sages established that the one who prepares the meal (owner) makes the blessing of Hamotzi and the guest make the last blessings but since he is young and they are elders he can not speak his opinion until they give him permission.
They give him permission and looked at him as to an angel of God. He told them that they can not have a delicate bread and food without a ‘war’ because the sages stated that the time of eating is a time of war. No one should go to war unless he can win it, then he can break the bread and give to all.
The war that the ‘Yenuka’ was talking about is the fight between the consciousness of Light and body. The food is the most physical thing that we consume several times a day. It can feed the physical body that is governed by the other side or feed the body and soul with properly balanced spiritual energy.
Most people who bless the food before they eat don’t have the proper consciousness and meditation. They do it ‘robotically’ and eat. They bless the food so they can eat it. The righteous see the food as an opportunity to make the connection to the Light that’s in the food to make correction and elevate sparks of Light.
We studied that the eating table is like God’s altar and should be treated as such in order to get the needed Light. Speaking words of Torah is the way to elevate the meal and draw the Light.
“Rabbi Shimon says, three that ate on one table and didn’t say words of Torah as if they ate from offering of dead, as it says in Isaiah 28:8 “For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.”.
But three who ate on one table and shared Torah study, as if they are from the table of the Holy One, as it said (Ezekiel 41:22)’This is the table that is before YHVH’ ”
רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן אוֹמֵר, שְׁלֹשָׁה שֶׁאָכְלוּ עַל שֻׁלְחָן אֶחָד וְלֹא אָמְרוּ עָלָיו דִּבְרֵי תוֹרָה, כְּאִלּוּ אָכְלוּ מִזִּבְחֵי מֵתִים, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (ישעיה, כח), כִּי כָל שֻׁלְחָנוֹת מָלְאוּ קִיא צֹאָה בְּלִי מָקוֹם.
אֲבָל שְׁלֹשָׁה שֶׁאָכְלוּ עַל שֻׁלְחָן אֶחָד וְאָמְרוּ עָלָיו דִּבְרֵי תוֹרָה, כְּאִלּוּ אָכְלוּ מִשֻּׁלְחָנוֹ שֶׁל מָקוֹם בָּרוּךְ הוּא, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (יחזקאל מא,), וַיְדַבֵּר אֵלַי זֶה הַשֻּׁלְחָן אֲשֶׁר לִפְנֵי ה’.
Many people participate in meals after their Shabbat or holiday service. It is critically important to share study of Torah at the table, otherwise there is a great loss of energy.
If the head of the table doesn’t share a study from the Zohar then I suggest keeping a small Zohar book close to you. Pull it and read/share it with the people on your table. You can use your smartphone to connect to the Daily Zohar and Unity Zohar to read and share the study. Don’t lose the war!