May 8, 2008

Oneg Shabbos & holy Fish

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 11:40 pm

On all other days of the week, except Shabbos, food contains klipah can also weaken a person. So if a person indulges not for the sake of simply sustaining their body, this klipah, impurity also effects them. But on the Shabbos, the food has no klipah but only its physical & spiritual values. Through eating itself on the Shabbos, one can attain the highest spiritual levels. With one bite of food, one can travel from the spiritual world of Asiya all the way to Atzulot. It is good for every member of the house to prepare one dish. It is not halacha but one really must make sure to eat a little desert on Shabbos if it brings them enjoyment. Overeating on Shabbos is certainly not good but one should certainly feast. When I think of the Shabbos meal, I think of fish. Not simply because I enjoy it but because eating the fish is the highest part of the meal. The fish brings us out of this world and into the world of Yetzirah. The world of Yetzirah is the world of the angels. Angels sing praises to Hashem daily. Before, during and after the fish, we are compelled to sing zemiros simular to those spiritual beings in Yetzirah. Every single household where there is a shabbos suida, meal is given a special fish that has been hand chosen from Hashem. There is no home absent from this holy gift from Hashem. Within this fish are sparks of light and a soul from a person that has pasted away in recent times. The fish therefore is the Tikkun, rectification of the entire meal. The holy sages went to great lengths to make sure they had the best fish for shabbos. It is known the Salmon is one of the holiest fishes to have on shabbos.

1 Comment

  1. The Tanya says that one is encouraged to be a zolel v’soveah (eat like a glutton and drink like a drunkard) on shabbath.. (for the sake of shabbath of course)

    (just presenting another view on the statement that over-eating is bad)

    Comment by yitz.. — May 19, 2008 @ 5:25 pm

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