108. כָּךְ אָמַר הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא לְיִשְׂרָאֵל: בָּנַי, כָּל שְׁאָר הַיָּמִים אַתֶּם מִשְׁתַּדְּלִים בַּעֲבוֹדָה וּבִסְחוֹרָה, פְּרָט לְאוֹתוֹ יוֹם שֶׁלִּי. עַכְשָׁו אוֹרֵחַ עֶלְיוֹן וְיָקָר הִזְמַנְתִּי, אַתֶּם קַבְּלוּ אוֹתוֹ בְּפָנִים מְאִירוֹת, הַזְמִינוּ אוֹתוֹ, תַּקְּנוּ לוֹ סְעוּדוֹת עֶלְיוֹנוֹת, שֻׁלְחָנוֹת עֲרוּכִים, כְּמוֹ שֶׁאוֹתוֹ הַיּוֹם שֶׁלִּי. מִשּׁוּם כָּךְ, תִּקְרְאוּ אֹתָם בְּמוֹעֲדָם.
Those who invite a guest to their home should show joy and happy face to make the guest feel respected and welcomed. It’s like a King that invites an honored guest. He tells the people in his domain about the Supreme and dear guest that is coming. He asks them to stop their daily work and business dealing and gather around to welcome the guest with joy, and praises. Also, make a delicate feast to make the guest feel honored by the King.
In like manner, the Holy One Blessed be He, tells the Israelites; you are busy with work and trade all other days, except for the day that I invited a supreme guest. Welcome him with a joyful face, and prepare supreme meals for him as proper for the day.
The guest is Zeir Anpin that bring to us high-level spiritual nutrition. The meals should be made with special attention and meditation that the purpose of the meal is to make a spiritual connection to the Light that is revealed on the day. The meals are an important connection to the spiritual event of the day, Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh, and holidays.
The connection is maximized when we break bread with the blessing of Hamotzie, reading Zohar, and sharing Torah study. Then conclude with Birkat Hamazon, which has four blessings that draw the light to Malchut.
The meals bring down the spiritual nourishment that comes from Father and Mother through Zeir Anpin to feed the children in Malchut.
When we drink wine during the meal, we add another blessing before we drink and another blessing after the Birkat Hamazon.