The Altar at the Table
|Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught…|
“Through proper eating, foolishness is brought to heel, and the mind is uplifted.
|What does this mean to me?|
|The Talmud teaches that our tables now substitute for the altar that used to stand in the holy Temple. Obviously, this is not meant to teach us that we can still bring sacrifices, but that the spiritual work that was once accomplished on the altar can now be accomplished, in a smaller and more personal way, over our dinner plates. On the altar, the animal nature was consumed and transformed; the Temple was a place of both atonement and a focal point for the contemplation of G-dliness. Part of the work is subduing the negative; once that is accomplished, we are free to uplift our minds and grasp the positive.|
Dear G-d, help me break
May I be worthy of sharing my food with guests,
Help me fulfill, dear G-d, the mitzvah
May I please say the blessings before and after eating
Please G-d, when I eat,
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Such a perfect prayer. There is symmetry, balance, emunah.
Wow! I think someone has been listening in on my life! …I just want to express how much this has helped me. I intend to print out the prayer and put it with my daily meditation. Thank you.
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