Ten women will bake their bread in one oven, they will place their bread on a scale, and you will eat and not be satisfied.”1

This verse is from G‑d’s “rebuke”—where the Torah tells of the terrible calamities thatEvery verse has multiple layers of meaning would befall the Jewish people if they would abandon G‑d and his commandments.

Every verse in the Torah has multiple layers of meaning. The simple meaning of the word is the “body” of the verse, and the mystical interpretation is the “soul” of the verse. The verses of the “rebuke” are no exception. They may seem to be describing terrible curses, but like the body that contains a soul, hidden within these verses are powerful blessings.

On the surface, the verse, “Ten women will bake their bread in one oven,” describes the process of baking literal bread. On a deeper level, however, the bread refers to the Torah, which is the spiritual sustenance of the Jew.

Bread is about more than just kneading the various ingredients into a dough. Bread must be baked. Dough that isn’t baked will not be digested properly, and its nutrients will not enter the bloodstream efficiently. And so it is the heat of the fire that enables the bread to become one with the person eating the bread.

The same is true for spiritual bread. The Torah that we study must become part of us. It must not remain a distinct intellectual entity just sitting in our minds. The teachings must become part of our bloodstream, part of our character.

How does this happen? How do the words of Torah become part of us? Well, like the any other bread, the Torah must be baked with fire. The fire enables the dough to be digested, to unite with us.

The fire that bakes our spiritual bread is the fire of passionate love for G‑d. It is the heart surging upward like a flame, the soul’s yearning to escape the grip of its earthly wick, thirsting to reunite with its source.

“Ten women will bake their bread in one oven.” The great yet hidden blessing in this verse is that the fire of love will consume and involve all ten faculties of the soul, all ten women, and direct them to one oven, to one love. To the love of the one G‑d.

And then comes the climax: “You will eat and you will not be satisfied.”

As devastating a curse as this is in its plain meaning, so is the greatness of the blessing in its deeper meaning. “And you will not be satisfied.” Your love andInfuse your life with spiritual passion yearning will never cease. You will never be satisfied with your spiritual state of being. You will always yearn to grow, to move closer. Your love will only intensify.

“You will not be satisfied.” You put on tefillin today, you pray to G‑d, you learned a portion of the Torah, you’re in love. And your love will not be satiated; it will intensify. When you don tefillin tomorrow morning, or when you next pray or study Torah, your love will grow ever stronger, soar ever higher.

Bake your bread. Infuse your life with spiritual passion. Gather all “ten women” to “one oven,” to one fire, to one Divine love.

Most importantly, never be complacent. Always seek to grow. Always intensify the passion. “Eat, but don’t be satisfied.”2