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Wednesday, 2 Nissan 5777 / March 29, 2017

Wednesday: “Feeding” G-d

Wednesday: “Feeding” G-d

Fourth Reading: Leviticus 3:1–17

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In teaching Moses the procedures for the sacrifices, G‑d referred to them several times as “bread for the fire [of the Altar].”
“Feeding” G‑d
וְהִקְטִירוֹ הַכֹּהֵן הַמִּזְבֵּחָה לֶחֶם אִשֶּׁה לַיהֹוָה: (ויקרא ג:יא)
[G‑d told Moses,] “The priest must burn [the sacrifice] on the Altar, as food for the fire, to G‑d.” Leviticus 3:11

Throughout the Torah, G‑d refers to the sacrifices repeatedly and figuratively as His “bread.” Just as consuming bread – and food in general – keeps our souls connected to our bodies, the “bread” of G‑d – the sacrificial service – keeps G‑d, the soul and life-force of the world, bound together with the world. In this way, through the sacrificial rituals, Divine energy is drawn into the world.

The same is true of our personal “sacrificial services”: Our study of the Torah, our prayers, our charitable deeds, and our ongoing refinement and elevation of the physical world in general, are G‑d’s “bread,” connecting the world with G‑d.1

Footnotes
1.
Sefer HaMa’amarim 5643, p. 104.
Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson (11 Nissan 1902–3 Tammuz 1994) became the seventh rebbe of the Chabad dynasty on 10 Shevat 1950. He is widely acknowledged as the greatest Jewish leader of the second half of the 20th century, a dominant scholar in both the revealed and hidden aspects of Torah, and fluent in many languages and on scientific subjects. The Rebbe is best known for his extraordinary love and concern for every Jew on the planet, having sent thousands of emissaries around the globe, dedicated to strengthening Judaism.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky is a scholar, author and anthologist, and is editor-in-chief at Chabad House Publications of California. He is the author and translator of Apples from the Orchard, gleanings from the writings of the Arizal (Rabbi Isaac Luria, 1534–1572) on the Torah, and is the author and editor-in-chief of the Kehot Chumash produced by Chabad House Publications, featuring an interpolated translation of the Torah with commentary adapted from the works of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
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Lamont Myers Hallendale Fl. March 16, 2016

Feeding God This also allows one who many not be aware to become aware. Constant reminder of the need of Gods presence in the world. Reply

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