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Bikurim (first fruits)

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The first approach reflects the depth of one’s faith, but is likely to be a very abstract and amorphous response. The second, steeped in intellect, may lack the spontaneity and power of the first, but truly penetrates the entire personality of the individ...
Without collective achievement, we cannot achieve individual fulfillment.
Ki Tavo
Naomi is married to a very busy, goal-oriented individual. She often laments how due to his overloaded schedule, they rarely spend quality time with each other . . .
That “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer” is a fact already noted by the Talmud some 1,500 years ago. But what’s so great about being rich, anyway?
One of the prison guards told the Rebbe that when he beats a prisoner, he drinks his tea without its usual dose of sugar. Just watching the torture sweetened his tea... With a Jew, it's the other way around: knowing that a fellow's needs are unsatisfied s...
Something Spiritual on Parshat Ki-Tavo
For the common folk, this mitzvah was so precious. It represented the thrill of “I get to bring a gift to G‑d!”
“…when you come into the land… you shall take of the first of all the fruit of the ground… And you shall put [them] into a basket and go to the place which the L‑rd, your G‑d, will choose… Then, you shall rejoice with all the good that the L‑rd, your G‑d,...
The significance of the first fruits declaration is that it is not about nature but about history: a thumbnail sketch of the sequence of events from the days of the patriarchs to the exodus and then conquest of the land.
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