Jim, thank you for all your edifying posts. Today, your post brought to my mind a webcast I
recently viewed on The Temple Institute's site, given by Rena Richman, wife of Rabbi Chaim
Richman, the "voice and face" of The Temple Institute. Rena presented a teaching on her
"Bat Melech" (daughter of the king) program entitled "The Secret of Challah." Jesus called
Himself the Bread of Life (John 6:35), and I think there is profound meaning here, bridging
the flesh and the spirit. Rena used as her text the last three words of Genesis 2:7, quoting in
Hebrew "HaAdam L'nefesh Haya." Rena said that there is a fascinating concept imprinted in
the Hebrew. She said that the nickname for man is the "challah of the universe," sanctifying
material existence. Rena relates that God formed man out of the "dough" of dust and water
and breathed the breath of life into him, and man became a living soul. When the first Hebrew
letter of the phrase "man a living soul" is read left to right, the word formed is "challah."
Paul writes that Jesus is the "last Adam" (I Corinthians 15:45). Jesus, the "challah of the
universe." Bread, the sustenance of life, formed by God, and formed by man to eat and live.
One of the most difficult passages in the Gospels is at the end of John Chapter 6. It was such
a difficult teaching that "many of His disciples went back and walked no more with Him."
I think the teaching is so profound, we will never completely understand it until Jesus teaches
us face to Face. May it be soon!