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Beshalach, 5 Shevat 5778
January 21, 2018

The area of healing for the month of Shevat is eating. Are we conscious when we eat? Or do we simply eat so quickly and robotically because we don't have time. Eating can be a time of meditation. We begin by blessing our food. The Kabbalists teach us the secret of blessing. We are not doing it to please the Creator, but rather to elevate the divine sparks of Light within and to imbue ourselves with an appreciation for what we have. Chewing food releases those divine sparks within it, thereby nourishing us spiritually as well as physically. We should chew our food until it becomes like water in the mouth. After eating we should then be appreciative once more. Many use the Birkat Hamazon when in their homes. In public it is sufficient just to pause for a moment with a thankful heart. Eating is an important and necessary part of our daily lives. Eating with consciousness elevates the Light so that what we injest is not only good for our body, but also good for our soul. This week try to focus on how you eat and see how you can make your meal times a type of connection to the Creator's Light.

Shavua tov,


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Parashat Beshalach
Torah Portion:
Shemot (Exodus) 13:17-17:16

Haftarah:
Shoftim (Judges) 5:1-31

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