The Landlord Slices and the Guest Blesses

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17) It is written, “For You are our Father, for Abraham does not know us.” In the future, Isaac is told, “For You are our Father.” Thus, Isaac, the left line, is called “Father” because the left is included in the right. But before he is included in the right, he is not called “Father,” since then harsh Dinim are drawn out from him.

But the right, how do we know that he, too, is called “Father”? It is said, “And set him up for him as a father and a priest.” That is, the priest, who is right and Hesed, is called “Father.” And although he is called “Father” above, even the light that does not shine, Malchut, is called “You” when it clings to the right, as it is written, “You are our father, our redeemer.”

18) In the meantime, an old man approached him and said, “Moses, set up a table for your Master, for Him and for the Queen, with every kind of delicacy, to keep in it the verse, ‘This is the table that is before the Lord.’” But until now everyone was being delighted at the King’s table, as it is written, “Go, eat of my bread.” Bread is the written Torah, ZA. The wine of Torah is the oral Torah, Malchut. And in Malchut there are several dainties of the sweet flavors of the Torah and of all the foods and delicacies in the world and of the King.

19) Moses rose and said, “Aaron the priest, rise from your sleep to slaughter bulls and sheep and lambs and poultry, and every kind needed for the King’s feast, and the bread of the face, twelve, corresponding to the twelve tablets of the Torah, which are written from this and from that. Ze [this] is twelve in GematriaPanim [face/anterior], the twelve letters in the three Havayot [plural of HaVaYaH] in the verses, “May the Lord [HaVaYaH] bless you,” “May the Lord shine,” “May the Lord carry.” The second Ze [“that,” the same word as “this” in Hebrew] corresponds to the three times ADNI, in which there are twelve letters, being twelve animals. It is written about them, “All four had the face of a lion on the right, the face of a ox on the left, and all four had the face of an eagle,” which are the three animals—lion, ox, and eagle. It is written about them, “Each of them had four faces,” for in each of the three animals are four faces: lion, ox, eagle, and man. Three times four are twelve animals, and this is the meaning of, “And one called out to another and said,” which are the twelve faces of HaVaYaH for the twelve animals of ADNI.

There are 24 books of Torah, corresponding to the 24 books in the Bible. This is the meaning of, “This is the table that is before the Lord,” for a table is Malchut. This is the twelve animals in ADNIMalchut, where “Before the Lord” means before the twelve faces in HaVaYaH. The Kelim [vessels/cutlery] of the King’s table are the authors of the Mishnah, authors of the prayer, who were set up by sages corresponding to the offerings.

20) It is written, “You shall make a table of acacia wood.” The ones at the King’s meal would behave with good conducts, to show that they are the members of the King’s table. The greatest one among the members of the meal washes his hands first. When they come into the meal, to be seated, the great one sits at the head, the second one below him, and the third below the second. They are called “three beds” because it was their way to sit each on a bed, corresponding to the three patriarchs and corresponding to priests, Levites, and Israel, HGT. Henceforth, they are not in order, but first come first served.

21) Custom number two: The landlord slices, so he will slice handsomely, and completes the HaMotzi [the one who brings forth] blessing, and then he slices. We learn that the guests are forbidden to taste before the one who divides tastes, and the one who divides is forbidden to taste before the guests have completed their Amen. If he wishes to honor another with slicing, he may do so. It has also been clarified that the guest blesses the blessing for the food so he will bless the landlord.

22) The landlord slicing is the middle pillar, the middle line, ZA. On Sabbath, he must slice from two Hallahs [twist bread], HeyHey of HaVaYaH. The landlord is Vav de HaVaYaH between the two letters Hey. In order for them to not appear as gluttons, he can slice for each as much as an egg. As-much-as-an egg is Yod de HaVaYaH, and as-much-as-an olive is Yod de ADNI, which are Nekudot of the holy name. They are called, “Crumbs as much as an olive,” and they are the crumbs corresponding to drops of semen. Hence, one who slights crumbs and throws them in a place where he should not, poverty chases him and he wanders about, as it is written, “He wanders about for bread.” However, there is no bread except the Torah, and he yells, “Where is one who will pity me,” and he will not find one to pity him.

23) Crumbs as much as an olive are in a righteous, Yesod, who crushes crushes of these olives, the Sefirot, bringing the oil out of them, the abundance. The guest blesses is a righteous, as it is written, “And the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn.” Also, “Blessings are upon the head of the righteous one who lives forever.” For this reason, a guest who is righteous, Yesod, blesses.

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