I Ate My Honeycomb with My Honey, I Drank My Wine

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348) It is written, “I came to my garden, my sister, my bride, I ate my honeycomb with my honey; I drank my wine with my milk.” And afterward, “Eat, friends, drink and be drunken, O beloved.” “I ate my honeycomb” is the prayer while seated, from the blessing, “Maker of light,” to the Shema reading. “With my honey” is the Shema reading.

“I ate my honeycomb” is a prayer while seated because the forest of the Lebanon, which is the world of Beria, includes “Maker of light,” and the Ophanim and the holy animals are all called “a forest of trees and the plantings within it.” “With my honey” is the Shema reading, the sweetest, with several nectars and kinds of sweetness.

349) “I drank my wine” is the standing prayer, the continuation of the upper, kept wine, which is illumination of Hochma in Bina. This is why it is written about it, “I drank my wine.” It is in the first three blessings in the standing prayer, which correspond to HBD.

“With my milk are the last three blessings, corresponding to NHY. Illumination of Hassadim is called “milk,” where the illumination of Hochma and Hassadim are included in one another. Thus far is the food of the king. And once the king has eaten, “Eat friends,” above, the angels, “Drink and be drunken, O beloved,” below, the souls.

350) This is why it is not mandatory to praise for the food unless after the prayer, after the king has eaten. And what is the reason that in the afternoon prayer, a praise for David is said before the prayer? The afternoon prayer corresponds to Isaac, Din. Hence, before the harsh Din is found, prior to the prayer, while the king’s face is still illuminating with grace [Hesed], he should say a praise for David in that order of the foods in three discernments, since after the prayer, when the Din is present and hanging over the world, it is not the time for it.

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