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What Is A Morsel Of Bread?


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Bereisheit Vayera

Genesis 18.1 - 22.24

What Is A Morsel Of Bread?

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A Taste Of Torah

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC

What is A Morsel Of Bread?

Bereisheit 18.4, 5

יֻקַּח־נָא מְעַט־מַיִם וְרַחֲצוּ רַגְלֵיכֶם וְהִשָּׁעֲנוּ תַּחַת הָעֵץ:  ה

וְאֶקְחָה פַת־לֶחֶם וְסַעֲדוּ לִבְּכֶם אַחַר תַּעֲבֹרוּ כִּי־עַל־כֵּן עֲבַרְתֶּם עַל־עַבְדְּכֶם וַיֹּאמְרוּ כֵּן תַּעֲשֶׂה כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבַּרְתָּ:  ו

Genesis 18.4, 5

Please! Let me take a little water and wash your feet while you rest beneath the Tree.

And I will take take [for you] A Morsel of bread to sustain your hearts. Afterwards, continue on. However, this is the reason you passed by your  servant. They answered [in unison] Yes! Make like as you said.

This reason? What is for this reason? 

The Angels had a reason to stop and to visit with Avraham. The Hebrew Scriptures Say, 

Isaiah 52.7

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace; who brings good news of good, who announces salvation; who says to Zion, Your God Reigns!

Michael announced Sarah's conception. Raphael brought healing for Avraham. Gabriel salvation for Lot His Wife and children. Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I(a) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), p 628

Were these the only reasons? Rav Chama bar Chanina said, It was the third day since Avram's Brit Melah. It was on the third day our Creator paid a sick call to Avraham. Rabbi Avrohom Davis, The Mesudah Chumash A New Linear Translation Bereishis (Hoboken New Jersey, KTVA Publishing House, Inc., 1991) p 172 Is it possible that on the day of Avraham's brit milah that our Creator dispatched the three angels? Perhaps! Is it possible the three Angels were traveling for three days? Perhaps! I don't know! Yet, we know years later B'nei Yisroel would travel three days without Water, Exodus 15.22.   And we know that Water is like Ha Torah. It is from this portion of Ha Torah that we learn we cannot go beyond three days without sharing Ha Torah. Is it possible the Angels stop to give and receive Words of Ha Torah? Yes! How do we know this? The Gematria of  וְרַחֲצוּ רַגְלֵיכֶם

meaning, to take a little water and wash your feet is 613. And we know the Mitzvot of Ha Torah are 613. 

וְרַחֲצוּ רַגְלֵיכֶם

[to take a little water] and wash your feet

ו6 ר200 ח8 צ90 ו6 = 310

ר200 ג3 ל30 י10 כ20 ם40 = 303

613 = 310 + 303

We also know that the Gematria of

פַת־לֶחֶם meaning A morsel of Bread is the Gematria of 558. What did our Creator Say about Bread?

Deuteronomy 8.3

And he humbled you, and let you hunger, and fed you with manna, which you knew not, neither did your fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord does man live. 


Paht Leh Chehm / A morsel of Bread

פ80 ת400   ל30 ח8 ם40 = 558


Oov Meezt Vooh Tawv 

and [all] His Commandments

ו6 מ40 צ90 ו6 ת400 י10 ו6 = 558

We Observe that the Gematria of וּמִצְוֹתָיו Oov Meezt Vooh Tawv meaning and [all] His Commandments is 558. Mystically this is reference to a morsel of bread. So by this we understand Mystically  water is like Torah and the Commandments of our Creator, like a morsel of bread. 

Ezekiel 12 Says, '... Son of man, eat your bread with quaking, and drink your water with trembling and with anxiety....'

Exodus 1.8 informs us that a new king came into power who did no know Yoseif. In other Words he did not eat the Bread of Mitzvots / Commandments nor drink the Water of Ha Torah... This is what Yoseif did...

Shemot 1.8

וַיָּקָם מֶלֶךְ־חָדָשׁ עַל־מִצְרָיִם אֲשֶׁר לֹא־יָדַע אֶת־יוֹסֵף:  ט

Exodus 1.8 

And there arose up a new king over Egypt, who knew not Joseph. 

וַיָּקָם מֶלֶךְ־חָדָשׁ

And there arose up a new king

ו6 י10 ק100 ם40 = 156

מ40 ל30 ך20   ח8 ד4 ש300 = 402

558 = 156 + 402

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