Daily Zohar # 3954 – Emor – Two loaves of bread for the bride
Daily Zohar 3954
183. מִצְוָה אַחַר זוֹ – לְהַסְדִּיר לֶחֶם וּלְבוֹנָה, לְהַקְרִיב עֹמֶר, שֶׁכָּתוּב וַעֲשִׂיתֶם בְּיוֹם הֲנִיפְכֶם אֶת הָעֹמֶר כֶּבֶשׂ תָּמִים לְעֹלָה. וְכֵן בְּשָׁבוּעוֹת לְהַקְרִיב שְׁתֵּי הַלֶּחֶם, וְכָךְ בְּכָל הַיָּמִים הַטּוֹבִים לְהַקְרִיב קָרְבָּן שֶׁל מוּסָפִים. אֶלָּא וַדַּאי בְּכָל יוֹם שֶׁל מוֹעֲדִים צָרִיךְ לְהַקְרִיב אֶת הַקָּרְבָּן שֶׁלּוֹ. צָרִיךְ לְהַקְרִיב עָלָיו תּוֹסֶפֶת שֶׁיֵּשׁ לוֹ, כְּמוֹ תּוֹסֶפֶת כְּתֻבָּה וּמַתָּנָה שֶׁמּוֹסִיף חָתָן לְכַלָּה. וְשַׁבָּת הַמַּלְכָּה, שֶׁהִיא כַלָּה, בְּשַׁבָּתוֹת וּבְכָל יָמִים טוֹבִים, צְרִיכָה תוֹסֶפֶת, שֶׁהֵם מוּסָפִים שֶׁל קָרְבָּנוֹת, וּמַתָּנוֹת, שֶׁהֵן מַתְּנוֹת כְּהֻנָּה.
Continued from previous DZ
The mitzvah that follows, is to bring an offering of two loaves of bread. We have learned that the two loaves of bread represent the Shechinah above, which is Binah, and the Shechina below, which is Malchut that connects together.
The two loaves on Shabbat are double food, for the aspect of connecting above and below, Binah and Malchut.
“וַיְהִי בַּיּוֹם הַשִּׁשִּׁי לָקְטוּ לֶחֶם מִשְׁנֶה שְׁנֵי הָעֹמֶר לָאֶחָד וַיָּבֹאוּ כָּל נְשִׂיאֵי הָעֵדָה וַיַּגִּידוּ לְמֹשֶׁה.”
“And so it was, on the sixth day, that they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. And all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses.”
It is written “two Omers”, which also alludes to Binah and Malchut. “For each one”, means devoted to one place, that is Zeir Anpin, that he inherits upper and lower, Binah and Malchut, that is the two loaves of bread together. On Shabbat, Malchut elevates and connects to Binah. It is the secret of the two loaves of bread.
The mitzvah after this is to arrange bread and frankincense, to offer the Omar. It is written;
“וַעֲשִׂיתֶם בְּיוֹם הֲנִיפְכֶם אֶת הָעֹמֶר כֶּבֶשׂ תָּמִים בֶּן שְׁנָתוֹ לְעֹלָה לַיהוָה.”
“וּמִנְחָתוֹ שְׁנֵי עֶשְׂרֹנִים סֹלֶת בְּלוּלָה בַשֶּׁמֶן אִשֶּׁה לַיהוָה רֵיחַ נִיחֹחַ וְנִסְכֹּה יַיִן רְבִיעִת הַהִין.”
“And you shall offer on that day, when you wave the sheaf, a male lamb of the first year, without blemish, as a burnt offering to YHVH.”
“Its grain offering shall be two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to YHVH, for a sweet aroma; and its drink offering shall be of wine, one-fourth of a hin.”
And in Shavuot, we offer two loaves. And so on all holidays, we bring an additional sacrifice. For every day of the holidays we bring the proper offering for the holiday, that is, the sacrifice of a day, as on weekdays, and one more sacrifice related to the additional Light revealed on the holiday.
It is similar to the Ketubah (marriage agreement) and additional gifts that the groom gives to the bride. On Shabbat, the queen, Malchut is the bride because she has a unification with the groom, Zeir Anpin. She needs an addition, which is the extra sacrifices, and the gifts, which are gifts of the priesthood.
Friday would be a good day to make a ** Donation, especially if you didn’t donate in the past week. Giving on Friday, which is an aspect of Yessod, expands the vessel for the Light and honor of Shabbat.
** Your donation doesn’t have to be given to the same place every week. You can alternate or split your donation among those who benefit you spiritually.