Daily Zohar # 3282 – Tetzaveh – Two types of bread for health and protection
75. כָּךְ כַּאֲשֶׁר יָצְאוּ יִשְׂרָאֵל מִמִּצְרַיִם, לֹא הָיוּ יוֹדְעִים עִקָּר וְסוֹד שֶׁל הָאֱמוּנָה. אָמַר הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא: יִטְעֲמוּ יִשְׂרָאֵל רְפוּאָה, וְעַד שֶׁיֹּאכְלוּ רְפוּאָה זוֹ, לֹא יֵרָאֶה לָהֶם מַאֲכָל אַחֵר. כֵּיוָן שֶׁאָכְלוּ מַצָּה, שֶׁהִיא רְפוּאָה לַעֲלוֹת וְלָדַעַת בְּסוֹד הָאֱמוּנָה, אָמַר הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא: מִכָּאן וָהָלְאָה רָאוּי לָהֶם חָמֵץ וְיֹאכְלוּ אוֹתוֹ, שֶׁהֲרֵי אֵינוֹ יָכוֹל לְהַזִּיק לָהֶם. וְכָל שֶׁכֵּן שֶׁבְּיוֹם הַשָּׁבוּעוֹת שֶׁנִּמְצָא לֶחֶם עֶלְיוֹן, שֶׁהוּא רְפוּאָה לַכֹּל.
76. וְעַל זֶה מַקְרִיבִים חָמֵץ לְהִשָּׂרֵף עַל הַמִּזְבֵּחַ. וּמַקְרִיבִים שְׁתֵּי לֶחֶם אֲחֵרִים כְּאֶחָד. וְחָמֵץ נִשְׂרָף בְּאֵשׁ הַמִּזְבֵּחַ, וְלֹא יָכוֹל לִשְׁלֹט וּלְהַזִּיק לָהֶם לְיִשְׂרָאֵל. וּמִשּׁוּם זֶה יִשְׂרָאֵל קְדוֹשִׁים נִדְבָּקִים בּוֹ בְּהַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא, בָּרְפוּאָה שֶׁל הַתּוֹרָה בְּיוֹם זֶה. וְאִם הָיוּ שׁוֹמְרִים יִשְׂרָאֵל שְׁנֵי צְדָדִים שֶׁל לֶחֶם אֵלּוּ, לֹא הָיוּ עוֹלִים בְּדִין לְעוֹלָם.
We continue the study from DZ 2968;
The Israelites had two types of bread after leaving Egypt, on their journey to the Promised Land. In the beginning, they were told to eat the unleavened bread, Matzah. It has the aspect of Malchut but without the desire for the self. The second ‘bread’ was the Manna that came from heaven, with the aspect of Zeir Anpin.
To explain why it was so, the Zohar brings analogy to a king that had only one son. One day the son had the desire to eat but they wanted him to eat a special healing food. They removed all other food from the home, so he will eat the healing food. After that, he could eat anything he desires without negative effects on him.
When the Israelites left Egypt, they were not aware of the essence and the secrets of the faith. The Holy One Blessed be He prevented any other food but the food of healing that is the Matzah. After the connection to the Matzah with faith in him and the healing aspects of the Matzah, they could eat the leavened bread and it won’t hurt them. On the Holiday of Shavuot, they have a connection to bread from the higher levels that brings the medicine for everyone.
“וְהִקְרַבְתֶּם עַל הַלֶּחֶם שִׁבְעַת כְּבָשִׂים תְּמִימִם בְּנֵי שָׁנָה וּפַר בֶּן בָּקָר אֶחָד וְאֵילִם שְׁנָיִם יִהְיוּ עֹלָה לַיהוָה וּמִנְחָתָם וְנִסְכֵּיהֶם אִשֵּׁה רֵיחַ נִיחֹחַ לַיהוָה.”
“And you shall offer with the bread seven lambs of the first year, without blemish, one young bull, and two rams. They shall be as a burnt offering to YHVH, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire for a sweet aroma to YHVH.”
On Shavuot, the Torah commands to bring two loaves of leavened bread offerings to the priest then add seven lambs. When the leavened bread burns on the Altar, it removes the control of the evil side from Israel. It helps the Israelites to stick to the Holy One Blessed be He and connect to the healing aspect of the Torah.
If the Israelites were keeping the aspects of these two types of bread, they would never experience judgment.
The ‘appetite’ of freedom is big and God wanted us to restrict the desire for the self by eating Matzah. These disconnections from the evil inclination created pure space in the Israelites to receive the Light. They were ordered to eat Matzah for seven days to have at least one Shabbat during this process and elevate to receive the Light of Binah.
Before the seven days of Pesach, we burn the Chametz that is the aspect of the evil inclination in us and eats the Matzah that during these days becomes a channel of health for us.
On Shavuot, we receive the Torah and the offering and burning of the leavened bread open for us a wider change to the Light of the Torah, Zeir Anpin.
If we burn our ‘Chametz’ and open ourselves to the Torah, we become free from the control of the evil side.