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By the Sweat of Your Brow
Kabbalah states that by eating, we elevate the holiness found in the food.
"Man does not live by bread alone, rather on all that emanates from the mouth of G-d."

The Ari explains that the intake of food enables the soul to remain attached to the body, although the soul, by definition, does not need to eat for food is something both physical as well as spiritual. The soul can benefit from those spiritual ingredients in food, just as the body derives strength from the foods' nutrients.
Seeing Tastes
Our Shabbat tables may be piled high with fine foods but we will remain hungry if we eat without seeing them.
An additional reason that we must kindle lights before Shabbat is in order to increase our enjoyment of the Day of Rest, for if we do not have enough light to see our Shabbat dinner, our tables may be piled high with fine foods but we will remain hungry.
Food for a Holy Table
Active meditation emanates G-dliness; passivity only reinforces the ego
Nowadays, our table fulfills the mystical dimensions of what used to be the Temple service. Instead of the sacrificial offerings being consumed at the altar, we consume our meals, beforehand and afterwards expressing our awareness of He Who supplies our needs.
"The entire commandment which I command you this day..."

We cannot merely pride ourselves on the commandments we do observe but must be keenly aware that only complete fulfillment of all 613 commandments guarantees our spiritual and physical wellbeing.
Our Private Physician
"Everything is in the hands of heaven with the exception of the common cold."
Inasmuch as the common cold is not a sickness decreed upon man as some form of retribution, G-d promises to remove it from Jews who suffer from it. Concerning other maladies which are in the nature of afflictions sent by G-d, the Torah promises that we will not fall victim to them at all if we keep G-d’s commandments.
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