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Wining and Dining
When a person is seated at his dinner table, the Divine Presence is also there
Grace After Meals is the only blessing specifically mentioned in the Torah. In this week's Zohar, a young child explains the secret of saying Grace After Meals over a cup of wine. These secrets are diametrically opposed to the magic of Balaam, whose only intention in making blessings or curses was for self-aggrandizement.
The Fountain of Rebbe Pinchas
The Zohar expounds on the spiritual profundity of natural springs.
This week's Zohar commentary expounds on the profound concept of a natural spring. In the Zohar, Rebbe Pinchas calls the Shechinah, "a fountain in the gardens". He goes on to say that there are five lower gardens in the supernal spiritual worlds, and, when deemed worthy, this supernal fountain bestows her blessings upon them.
Prayers of the Holy, the Royal and the Destitute
Based on Zohar Bamidbar 195a
A prayer of the poor and afflicted takes priority over and preempts all other prayers of the world because the poor man is broken-hearted and G-d is therefore near to him.
Balaam's Black Magic
Balaam learned the occult arts from fallen angels.
When Adam was created, he sinned and was expelled from G-d's Presence and the angels said: "Our original claim, that it is almost inevitable that he will fall, has been justified.." So G-d cast down these angels from their level of holiness and bound them with metal chains in the mountains of darkness. Balaam found out where these fallen angels were and learned the occult arts from them.

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