Daily Zohar # 2760 – Korach – The blessings of food
“וְהָיָה בַּאֲכָלְכֶם מִלֶּחֶם הָאָרֶץ תָּרִימוּ תְרוּמָה לַיהוָה”
“then it shall be, that when you eat of the food of the land, you shall lift up an offering to YHVH.”
‘Lift up’ implies as we lift up our hands with ten fingers that represent the Ten Sefirot to make prayer connection.
“שְׂאוּ-יְדֵכֶם קֹדֶשׁ; וּבָרְכוּ, אֶת-יְהוָה”
“Lift up your hands to the Holy, and bless YHVH.”
Lifting the hands connect us to Zeir Anpin and its name, יוד-יא-ואו-הא . This name has 10 letters and it’s called name of מ”ה for the its numerical value of 45. The Zohar says that we should add א to the name מה so it will read מאה which is ‘100’ or 10×10 sefirot. This is the number of blessings that we need to do every day to make full connection to YHVH.
When we eat we make blessings that is the aspect of offerings to YHVH. This act connects us and draw benefits into our lives. When we eat food without blessings, it’s like animal behavior and we miss the spiritual connection that benefits our souls and lives.
There are several types of offerings/Teruma. There’s Teruma from the Torah because the letters of Teruma, ‘תרומה’, spell ‘מתורה’ ‘from Torah’.
“וַיָּבֹא מֹשֶׁה בְּתוֹךְ הֶעָנָן וַיַּעַל אֶל הָהָר וַיְהִי מֹשֶׁה בָּהָר אַרְבָּעִים יוֹם וְאַרְבָּעִים לָיְלָה”
“Moses entered the midst of the cloud as he went up to the mountain; and Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.”
“וַיְהִי שָׁם עִם יְהוָה אַרְבָּעִים יוֹם וְאַרְבָּעִים לַיְלָה לֶחֶם לֹא אָכַל וּמַיִם לֹא שָׁתָה וַיִּכְתֹּב עַל הַלֻּחֹת אֵת דִּבְרֵי הַבְּרִית עֲשֶׂרֶת הַדְּבָרִים”
“So he was there with YHVH forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread or drink water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.”
While writing the Torah on Mount Sinai, Moses didn’t eat or drink for forty days and nights because eating is a connection between Zeir Anpin, the spiritual realm and Malchut, the material. At that time there was no connection and he couldn’t have food.
Only after the initiation of the Holy Tabernacle there could be unifications of upper and lower through food.
“בָּאתִי לְגַנִּי אֲחֹתִי כַלָּה אָרִיתִי מוֹרִי עִם בְּשָׂמִי אָכַלְתִּי יַעְרִי עִם דִּבְשִׁי שָׁתִיתִי יֵינִי עִם חֲלָבִי אִכְלוּ רֵעִים שְׁתוּ וְשִׁכְרוּ דּוֹדִים”
“I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride; I have gathered my myrrh along with my balsam. I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey; I have drunk my wine and my milk. Eat, friends; Drink and imbibe deeply, O lovers.”
When the ‘Garden’ below is ready for God, he can come down to benefit the friends that is us with his light that is expressed here as special perfumes.
Today’s food is industrialized, even fruits and vegetables. An apple you buy in the store todays could be even preserved from months ago. Food gives us nourishes our body and gives us energy. Eating without blessings connect us to the physical ingredients and the conciseness of the producer, which is in most cases, greed and desire for the self.
Making blessings elevate the food to a spiritual level where we can benefit from the life force that God embedded into the food. For that reason, it is better to eat simple and prepared food at home rather that processed food with unknown consciousness. Even when you don’t know the blessings, just hold the food and meditate that you know that the food in your hand came to you by the grace of God and that you want to connect to the life force in it. Better to wait a little and look at the food with appreciation before start eating. If someone ask you for a bite, never refuse, even if it’s your last bite and you are still hungry. Eating one meal a day with blessings is better than a buffet full of gourmet food without blessings.
Always appreciate the food as if it is a connection to life and for that you need connection to the Light.