In memory of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok ben R' Zalman Yuda Deitsch OBM
Grace After Meals
G-d is destined to make a feast for the righteous. After they eat and drink, they pass Avraham the cup of blessing to honor him with leading the Grace After Meals. He will refuse, ...because “Yishmael came from me.” Yitzchak will refuse because of Eisav. Yaakov will refuse, because he married two sisters, which the Torah later prohibited. Moshe will refuse, because he did not enter the land of Israel. Yehoshua will refuse, because he had no son. David will accept, saying, “It is fitting for me to lead the blessings, as it says, ‘I will raise a cup of salvation, and call in the name of G-d.’ (Psalms 116).”
(Talmud, Pesachim, 119b.)
Today, when we eat a meal, we are elevating the sparks of holiness that are mixed into the world as a result of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Bad. When Moshiach comes, our feast will be pure G-dliness and pure good, from the Tree of Life. All of the righteous will feel that their form of service is in adequate for this time, because each of their services centered on their nature and character. This form of service has an element of self-consciousness that comes from the Tree of Knowledge. Instead, David, who exemplifies the service of selflessness and simple obedience, will lead the blessing.
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