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 "Today you will not find it in the field" (Ex. 16:25).  Minhag of our holy Rebbeim not to eat bread at Seudat Shlishit. (5742)

The Third Meal of Shabbos



The usual custom of the Rebbeim of Chabad was not to eat bread for the Third Meal on Shabbos but to fulfill the mitzvah by partaking of lighter refreshments. The Rebbe fully explains29 the basis for this custom both according to the Halachah, the legal framework of the Torah, and according to Chassidus, the inner dimension of the Torah; moreover, he explains how these two explanations obviously harmonize, since the revealed and the mystical dimensions of the Torah — the nigleh and the nistar — are (respectively) the Torah’s body and soul.30

The Third Meal of Shabbos foreshadows the Shabbos-like state that will prevail in the World to Come. As to the well-known statement of the Sages31 that “in the World to Come there is neither eating nor drinking...,” the Rebbe points out that the world view of the AriZal and of Chassidus coincides not with the stance of Rambam — which identifies the World to Come with Gan Eden, and perceives the ultimate reward as being enjoyed by disembodied souls — but with the stance of Ramban and many other major authorities: The ultimate state and the ultimate reward at the time of the Resurrection will be enjoyed by souls that are garbed in bodies.32 At that time the ultimate superiority of the body will finally become apparent.

In the above-quoted sichah, the Rebbe used these concepts and others to explain why the Third Meal should in fact be marked by eating, and also explains why alternatives to bread may be perceived as more than merely permissible substitutes. 

29.    See Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XXI, p. 84-88, and sources noted there.
30.    Zohar III, 152a.
31.    Berachos 17a.
32.    See ch. 3 above, and sources there.

(From  https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/2312406/jewish/Chapter-13-Prayers-and-Customs.htm#footnoteRef29a2312406)




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