Does God Eat?

Just as the soul of man remains connected to his body through eating and drinking, without which [the soul] would disengage and depart from the body, so too, God decreed that the connection of His Essence to the universe… in order to establish and uphold it, would depend upon the involvement of the Treasured Nation (Israel) in Torah study, the performance of the commandments, and their service in prayer. Without this, God would disengage His essence from the universe, and at once it would revert completely to absolute nothingness…

-Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin, Nefesh haChayim, Gate II, Ch. 6


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