Friday, June 08, 2018

Allegorical and magical manna

PROF. JOEL HECKER: Manna and Mystical Eating (
Ancient interpreters contemplated the substance of manna, a food that traverses the chasm between divine and mundane realms, falling from heaven to be consumed on earth. In kabbalistic thought, the Zohar presents manna as granting the desert generation an embodied experience of knowledge of God; such an opportunity is available to mystics in everyday eating and through birkat ha-mazon (Grace after Meals).
For some Talmudic exegesis on manna, see here.

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