When Rabbi Aba sat at his Shabbat meals, he used to rejoice in each one of them and he would say: This [meal of Shabbat eve] is the holy meal of the Holy Ancient, [most] Hidden of all [partzufim of Atzilut]. Over another [meal of Shabbat noon] he would say: This is the meal [of Zeir Anpin, whose core is tiferet, and who is known as] the Holy One, blessed be He, and so in each and every meal. And when he came to the last one [on Shabbat afternoon, related to the Holy Apple Orchard, the Shechinah], he would say: The meals of the faith [the partzufim of Atzilut] are completed.

When Rabbi Shimon sat at his meals, he would say: Prepare the meal of the supernal faith! Prepare the meal of the King! And then he would sit and rejoice. When the third meal was completed, it was proclaimed of him: "Then shall you delight yourself in G‑d and I will cause you to ride upon the high places of the earth and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father."

BeRahamim LeHayyim: Why did the Ari and Chida include this in Hok LeYisrael?

No one moment is identical. No prayer is the same. No meal is duplicated. Even if we experience in the same way, say the same words, or eat the same food, every moment is uniquely special. For the universe in general and you in particular is a bit different due to its movement through the heavenly spheres. Just as soon as we say the word "Now", the "now" aspect has passed, and there is a different "now" to be intended.

To sanctify the moment means to be real. To be real means to be present. To be present means to be alive. On Shabbat, which is the Source of all Blessing to all those alive here, we try to be mindful as much as our minds, hearts, and souls let us.

What does the above mean to you, and why is it being revealed to you now?

[Bracketed annotations from Metok Midevash and Sulam commentaries]