This week Parshas Eikev we have a deep mamar, discussing the three Broches of Birkas Hamozen that are mentioned in the Torah. We are suggesting that they are aimed to purify the three compartments that the body is comprised of: The brain that contains the Neshome, the heart that contains the Ruach, and the liver that contains the Nefesh. When we eat food the nourishment passes first through the liver to feed the Nefesh; next, the heart receives the filtered food, devoid of some of the waste to feed the Ruach; then the highest quality nutrients reach the brain to feed the Neshome. The more spiritual limbs and organs require higher quality, less contaminated nutrients. These three major organs serve the Nefesh, Ruach and Neshome, respectively, and they are all nourished by our food.
With this in mind we go on to explain the Mamar of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai’s in the Mishnah of Pirkei Ovos: “Rabbi Shimon states that three who ate together at the same table without discussing divrei Torah resemble those who have eaten from offerings to idols”. This in our opinion can be understood as referring to any individual sitting down to eat a meal. Even if he is eating alone, he can still be considered as: “Three that are dining together”, they are the Nefesh in the liver, the Ruach in the heart and the Neshome in the brain. By learning Torah we are purifying the food to have a positive effect on the three compartments mentioned.
The rest of the mamar you can read in the wonderful translation of Dr. Baruch Fox.
Have a wonderful Shabbes
~ For the full Mamar in Lashon Hakodesh, see the weekly “Hamachne Hachareidi”. ~
~ Click the link below for the full English translation ~