The Israelites had two types of bread at the beginning of their journey. One was the Matzah that they ate when they left Egypt. It has the aspect of Malchut. The second one was the Manna that came from heaven, the level of Zeir Anpin.
“וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה, הִנְנִי מַמְטִיר לָכֶם לֶחֶם מִן-הַשָּׁמָיִם; וְיָצָא הָעָם וְלָקְטוּ דְּבַר-יוֹם בְּיוֹמוֹ, לְמַעַן אֲנַסֶּנּוּ הֲיֵלֵךְ בְּתוֹרָתִי אִם-לֹא”
“Then YHVH said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in My instruction.”
On the holiday of Shavuot, we are asked to bring to the priest bread and along with it, lambs, bulls, and rams as offerings. The bread represents our sustenance and the force of life. It is the most important offering on Shavuot because the sustenance comes from heaven, YHVH, Zeir Anpin, the Torah.
“מִמּוֹשְׁבֹתֵיכֶם תָּבִיאּוּ לֶחֶם תְּנוּפָה, שְׁתַּיִם שְׁנֵי עֶשְׂרֹנִים–סֹלֶת תִּהְיֶינָה, חָמֵץ תֵּאָפֶינָה: בִּכּוּרִים, לַיהוָה”
“וְהִקְרַבְתֶּם עַל-הַלֶּחֶם, שִׁבְעַת כְּבָשִׂים תְּמִימִם בְּנֵי שָׁנָה, וּפַר בֶּן-בָּקָר אֶחָד, וְאֵילִם שְׁנָיִם: יִהְיוּ עֹלָה, לַיהוָה, וּמִנְחָתָם וְנִסְכֵּיהֶם, אִשֵּׁה רֵיחַ-נִיחֹחַ לַיהוָה”
“You shall bring in from your dwelling places two loaves of bread for a wave offering, made of two-tenths of an ephah; they shall be of fine flour, baked with leaven as first fruits to YHVH.”
“’Along with the bread you shall present seven one-year-old male lambs without defect, and a bull of the herd and two rams; they are to be a burnt offering to YHVH, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering by fire of a soothing aroma to YHVH.”
“מַצּוֹת, יֵאָכֵל, אֵת, שִׁבְעַת הַיָּמִים; וְלֹא-יֵרָאֶה לְךָ חָמֵץ, וְלֹא-יֵרָאֶה לְךָ שְׂאֹר–בְּכָל-גְּבֻלֶךָ”
“Unleavened bread shall be eaten throughout the seven days, and nothing leavened shall be seen among you, nor shall any leaven be seen among you in all your borders.”
The bread that the Israelites ate when they left Egypt was Matzah. It was simple and didn’t expand like regular bread. During the seven days of Passover, we are instructed to avoid eating ‘חמץ’ (pronounced ‘Chametz’), ’unleavened bread’. We are not even allowed to see it, to give honor to the Matzah. Later the Israelites had the bread from the level of Zeir Anpin. The Zohar asks; why do we avoid it during Pesach and why do we offer Chametz as a sacrifice. The answer is that the Torah that we connect to on that day is freedom and the evil inclination that comes from the aspect of ‘chametz’ is annulled.
The lesson here is about the connection between the Torah, bread, and sustenance.
The numerical value of bread ‘לחם’ is 78 that is equal to three times YHVH. Salt, ‘מלח’ has the same letters as bread and together we have 156, six times YHVH to connect the six sefirot from Binah to Yessod. When we bless the bread and dip in salt, we create a bridge for sustenance that manifests with the complete blessing of the meal.
Best time to do that is after the morning prayer and dring a large cup of water for connection to Chassadim. Water, ‘מים’ with the numerical value of 90 for the nine sefirot of Light and with the Kolel it’s 91 for the aspect of unification of upper and lower.
The final meal blessing includes several ‘names.’ Two important ones are פאי and חתך. They come from the first and last letters of the verse from Psalms 145:16 ‘פותח את ידך’. ‘Open your hands’
Tzedaka is very important as it opens the channel of Yessod. Putting a few coins into a Tzedaka box is essential. When it fills up, you can give it to poor people and or to those who help you make a spiritual connection. You can count the money collected in the box and submit a payment online.
There are a lot more to write about the secrets of having sustenance and B”H I’ll write a longer article and or video.
Daily Zohar # 2968 – Tetzaveh – Torah, bread, and sustenance