Kedushat Levi on Parshat Noach
קדושת לוי בראשית פרשת נח
הכלל, כי באכילה שאדם מישראל אוכל מתקן הפגם של אדם הראשון שפגם באכילה, דהיינו על ידי מצות שישראל עושים באכילה, הן בברכה על האכילה, הן בשאר מצוה שישראל עושים בהמאכל קודם האכילה, בבשר שחיטה ומליחה, ובכל מאכל יש מצות, מתקן הפגם של אדם הראשון. ובזה מבואר, 'ואוכל אכלתי לא נאמר אלא אכלתי ואוכל עוד', כלומר בזה שאוכל עוד, על ידי מצות, יתוקן מה שפגמתי.
The verse which states "Take for yourself from all that is edible" is said in the language that implies one who feeds others. This is explained in the Midrash which states, "The woman that was given to me gave me (fruit) from the tree (and I eat)." The past tense, I ate, was not used in the verse. The Midrash teaches a general rule that through eating,a Jew eats in the manner of fixing the flaw of Adam HaRishon that was made through his eating. This fixing is done by way of the mitzvot that Jews do when eating, which are blessings said of one's food and other blessings said in regards to food before consumption. Therefore, the reason why the verse says "I eat" and not "I ate" implies that an element of Adam's original eating continues to this day. Thus through the consciousness of our eating, we can repair that which was flawed before.

Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. How does this text impact your "eating consciousness?"

2. How might eating consciously connect us to Adam HaRishon? Does this make sense to you?

Time Period: Modern (Spinoza through post-WWII)