Daily Zohar # 2998 – Tzav – This is the table that is before YHVH
When the ‘fire of Isaac’ that is the judgments of the Left line, comes down to the altar, sparks of fire go up and down. Some of them get flamed and powerful.
If the priest were not standing over the altar and arrange the woods, the world wouldn’t be able to stand against their power of judgment. These sparks and coals of fire lit the back of the holy living creatures of the holy throne like torches.
“וּדְמוּת הַחַיּוֹת מַרְאֵיהֶם כְּגַחֲלֵי אֵשׁ בֹּעֲרוֹת כְּמַרְאֵה הַלַּפִּדִים הִיא מִתְהַלֶּכֶת בֵּין הַחַיּוֹת וְנֹגַהּ לָאֵשׁ וּמִן הָאֵשׁ יוֹצֵא בָרָק”
“In the midst of the living beings, there was something that looked like burning coals of fire, like torches darting back and forth among the living animals. The fire was bright, and lightning was flashing from the fire.”
From the Right side that is Chessed of Zeir Anpin, awaken a wind that blows the fire on the back of the animals and makes it bright, radiating and turn calm in a special glow, bringing light to armies of angels on the Right.
From the Left of Gevurah of Zeir Anpin comes another strong wind and blow into the fire of the animals. It becomes part of Left and brings light to the armies on angels on the Left.
Similar winds spread to the four corners of the altar. They represent Chessed, Gevura, Tiferet and Malchut. When the priest goes up the ramp to the altar all camps of angels get filled with Light.
“הַמִּזְבֵּחַ עֵץ שָׁלוֹשׁ אַמּוֹת גָּבֹהַּ וְאָרְכּוֹ שְׁתַּיִם אַמּוֹת וּמִקְצֹעוֹתָיו לוֹ וְאָרְכּוֹ וְקִירֹתָיו עֵץ וַיְדַבֵּר אֵלַי זֶה הַשֻּׁלְחָן אֲשֶׁר לִפְנֵי יְהוָה”
“The altar was of wood, three cubits high and its length two cubits; its corners, its base, and its sides were of wood. And he said to me, “This is the table that is before YHVH.”
The sages tell us that “The table we eat on is like the altar” and like the altar was intended for sacrifices to atone for our sins so that the table can do so.
After the destruction of the Holy Temple, the table is a ‘tool’ to atone for our sins.
Whatever we eat is something that was disconnected from its root of life. When we slaughter an animal, bird or taken fish out of the water, we kill it as the priest did with the sacrifices on the altar. Thes process of eating transforms the flesh of the animal into spiritual energy. The entire process needs to control and connection with spiritual actions. The Shochet (the person that knows how to slaughter the animal properly) release the soul of the animal with blessing to release that energy and stay with a flesh that is pure from the sin of the soul that left that body. If certain blemishes found in the animal even after it was slaughtered properly, the animal should not be eaten. An animal that kills other animals for food has negative energy and is not Kosher. There are many angels attached to each type of food, and we want to ‘burn’ in only positive energy/angels. Only certain vegetarian animals can be kosher for eating. It is similar with eating fish. The predators are not Kosher, also those that feed on the waste of other animals or fish like pigs, shellfish (shrimp, lobster) and similar.
Fresh vegetables and fruits are also disconnected from their life source when we pick them. They should be eaten as closer to the time they got picked up as possible because the energy of life in them get lost in time, some quickly, some slowly. When the food is left without been eaten, it attracts the negative, that consumes it’s energy, leaving us with waste. If the wasted food stinks strongly then it had higher energy, meat, and fish get really stink to indicate that they had a strong life force in them and a lot of the negative energies consume them. The Torah forbids us to waste food or anything of value to us or others because waste goes to teh negative side and strengthen it.
The table should always be clean and covered before serving the food. Proper blessings should be made to connect to the positive aspect of teh food and push away negativity.
The Shabbat table should be double covered, and it is recommended to use dedicated utensils for the Shabbat meals because the energy is higher. We do as much as possible to elevate the meal with proper preparation and blessings. Even if we have a sandwich for lunch at work, we make it a spiritual connection because we want the energy and not the waste of it.
When we consume the food properly, we absorb the energy and release the ‘lifeless’ waste. The natural way as God intended is for us to consume fresh organic and natural food for maximum energy of life to sustain our body for many years, maybe not Metushelach but at least 120 years. Processed food comes with negative/ non-natural energy because of teh chemicals and conservatives, GMO, etc.
Before the Birkat Hamazon, we say; from the verse above; “This is the table that is before YHVH,” connecting our food table to the altar in the Holy Temple.