Rabbi Yitzchak keep asking about the future feast of the Tzadikim. He was trying to understand Exodus 24:11 “and they saw God, and they ate and drank.”
The special feast that the Holy One Blessed Be He will serve us is a great motivation. The Israelites expressed their desire for food immediately after they left Egypt. The moment they experienced lack of food they complained and were ready to die in Egypt rather than have faith in YHVH to provide them with food.
“וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֲלֵהֶם בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל מִי יִתֵּן מוּתֵנוּ בְיַד יְהוָה בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם בְּשִׁבְתֵּנוּ עַל סִיר הַבָּשָׂר בְּאָכְלֵנוּ לֶחֶם לָשֹׂבַע כִּי הוֹצֵאתֶם אֹתָנוּ אֶל הַמִּדְבָּר הַזֶּה לְהָמִית אֶת כָּל הַקָּהָל הַזֶּה בָּרָעָב”
“The sons of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by YHVH’S hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat, when we ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”
In the portion of Bechukotai, God explains the good and bad side of following his laws. If they follow them, they will enjoy plenty food and peace in the land.
“וְהִשִּׂיג לָכֶם דַּיִשׁ אֶת בָּצִיר וּבָצִיר יַשִּׂיג אֶת זָרַע וַאֲכַלְתֶּם לַחְמְכֶם לָשֹׂבַע וִישַׁבְתֶּם לָבֶטַח בְּאַרְצְכֶם.”
“’Indeed, your threshing will last for you until grape gathering, and grape gathering will last until sowing time. You will thus eat your food to the full and live securely in your land.”
If they don’t follow the laws they will be cursed and experience lack of food. The little that they may have won’t satisfy them. The promises for good and bad are closely related to food.
“בְּשִׁבְרִי לָכֶם מַטֵּה לֶחֶם וְאָפוּ עֶשֶׂר נָשִׁים לַחְמְכֶם בְּתַנּוּר אֶחָד וְהֵשִׁיבוּ לַחְמְכֶם בַּמִּשְׁקָל וַאֲכַלְתֶּם וְלֹא תִשְׂבָּעוּ”
“’When I break your staff of bread, ten women will bake your bread in one oven, and they will bring back your bread in rationed amounts, so that you will eat and not be satisfied.”
The main desire of people is to exist and enjoy the pleasures of the material world. God promised to serve us a special feast to encourage us to follow the righteous path.
Those who follow the Torah and read the promises of the future, care less about the current difficulties and choose the path to earn them a seat in the dining table of God.
Daily Zohar # 2586 – Toldot – The best food and wine awaits for us