You Shall Make a Table

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485) “And you shall eat and be satisfied, and you shall bless the Lord your God.” How happy are Israel because the Creator favored them and brought them near Him from among all the nations. For Israel, He gives His food and satiation to the whole world. Were it not for Israel, the Creator would not have given nourishment to the world. And now that Israel are in exile, it is all the more so: the world receives sevenfold twice the nourishment and satiation so that an extract of that will suffice for Israel.

486) When Israel were in the holy land, nourishments would come down to them from a high place, they gave an extract to the idol-worshipping nations, and all the nations were feeding on the extract. Now that Israel are in exile, the matter has been turned around in a different way: the food comes to the nations of the world and Israel receive an extract from them.

487) There is an allegory about a king who made a meal for his household. As long as they do his will, they eat at the meal with the king and give the part of the bones for the dogs to chew on. When his household do not do the king’s will, he gives the entire meal to the dogs and the bones to his household.

488) As long as Israel do their Master’s will, they eat at the King’s table and the entire meal is prepared for them. They give the bones of their joy, which is the extract, to the idol-worshipping nations. And as long as Israel do not do their Master’s will, they are exiled and the meal is given to the dogs, while they are given the extract, as it is written, “Thus will the sons of Israel eat their bread: unclean among the nations,” for they eat the extract of their abomination, their loathsome food. Woe unto a king’s son who sits and waits for the servant’s table, who eats what is left of his table.

489) King David said, “You set a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil, my cup is full.” “You set a table before me” is the king’s meal. “In the presence of my enemies,” meaning the dogs that sit under the table and await the part of the bones, while he sits with the king at his table in the delight of the meal.

490) “You have anointed my head with oil” is the beginning of the meal, when all the oil—the grease, the correction of the meal—is placed in the head for the king’s loved one. And what remains is given to the dogs and to those who serve at the table. “My cup is full.” The cup is always full before the king’s loved one, and he need not ask. Indeed, Israel has always been in that relation with the rest of the nations.

491) “But be merciful to the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be among those who eat at your table.” According to that, all the Hesed [grace/mercy] and truth is to eat at his table and nothing more, as it is written, “And let them be among those who eat at your table.” Moreover, is it not beneath the king’s honor for another man to eat at the king’s table, and it should not be so, but only the king and around are all his ministers below him?

493) “Who gives bread to all flesh, for His mercy [Hesed] is forever.” What did David see that he ended the great praise this way? There are three rulers above, by which the Creator is known: Brain, heart, and liver, which are BinaZA, and Malchut. They are the opposite of this world, of the awakening from below that rises from this world.

Above, the brain takes and gives to the heart, and the heart gives to the liver, and the liver gives a part to all the sources below, to each as it deserves. Below, through an awakening from below, the liver, Malchut, takes the awakening first, brings everything toward the heart, ZA, and the heart takes the best of the foods and strengthens by the power and will that he took, giving and awakening to the brain, Bina. At that time, the abundance pours out from Bina to ZA, and from ZA to Malchut, the liver. Then the liver returns and dispenses food to all the sources of the body, which is the three worlds BYA.

494) On the day of the fast, the person offers food and drink to the upper liver, Malchut. He offers his fat, blood, and his will. The liver takes everything willingly. Once it has everything, it offers everything before the heart, ZA, who is great and governs him. Once the heart takes and strengthens in the desire, he offers everything to the brain, Bina, who is the upper ruler over the entire body, ZA, and the abundance returns from Bina to ZA, from ZA to Malchut, the liver, then the liver returns and dispenses parts to all the sources and the organs below in BYA.

495) While the abundance is poured down from the awakening from above, the brain receives all the abundance first, meaning Bina, from what is above it, the Hochma. Then it gives to the heart, ZA, and the heart gives to the liver, Malchut. The liver gives to all the sources and the organs below in BYA, and when it wishes to dispense food to this world, it first gives the best and most beautiful of the abundance to the heart, which is the king in the land, the king of Israel.

The king’s table awakens first, to receive before the rest of the people of the world. Happy is he who is counted in the king’s table, for he is known above, to be benefited in that good that is above, which the king receives.

496) It is true that David did for the sons of Barzillai, as it is written, “And let them be among those who eat at your table.” No other person eats at the king’s table but him, but the king eats first, and then the rest of the nation. And those who eat with the king, while he is eating, are loved by him more than anyone. They are the ones appointed to be from the king’s table.

497) But it is written, “For he always ate at the king’s table.” Does that actually mean his table? Rather, because all the food is his, he is counted among those who eat at the king’s table. He did not make another calculation, but only for the king’s table, from which his food and nourishment would come. This is the meaning of “For he always ate at the king’s table.”

498) The friends sat down to eat. They said, “Each shall say a word of Torah on this meal.” Rabbi Yisa said, “It is a small meal, and this is why it is called ‘a meal.’ Moreover, it is called ‘a meal that the Creator enjoys.’ This is why it is written, ‘This is the table that is before the Lord,’ for words of Torah will circle that place.”

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