Shemot: Chapter 4
"Do not eat the bread of one who has an evil eye"

Rabbi Chiya explains that if the children of Yisrael in Egypt had not tasted the bread of the evil Egyptians, they would not have suffered the oppression of the Egyptians and they would not have remained in exile. When Rabbi Yitzchak points out that the exile was a fulfillment of a divine decree, Rabbi Chiya reminds him that the decree does not mention Egypt specifically. Thus, Rabbi Yitzchak understands and embraces the concept that one should not partake of the bread of an evil man. formatting


Our social and physical environment exerts profound influence upon us. If we consort with negative individuals, inevitably we will walk in their ways and emulate their self-destructive deeds.

This holds true for our own ego. When we indulge or yield to the cravings of our ego (eating the bread of an evil person), we eventually fall to the lowest depths (Egypt). We become prisoners to the dark side of our nature, oblivious and distant from the longings of our soul, our true self.

This passage banishes our reactive, egocentric impulses. Moreover, we attract kind, spiritual people into our life and infuse our environment with positive energy and Light.