My Response: The fact is that the Temple was also a place for studying—where people from all over the country gathered. When a person would come to the Temple, he had to bring sacrifices with him and some of them were used to prepare food.
These dishes were placed on common tables and anyone could come and take part in the meal.
A Kabbalistic meal is usually attended by those who, with its help, want to ascend spiritually. They understand what they are coming together for; it is huge internal work, a great effort.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 7/9/21