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Our Sidra contains a description of the ceremony of offering the first-fruits of the land of Israel, and gives the prayer that was to be recited by each person as he made his offering. One peculiarity of this prayer, is the way it singles out two miracles...
This week’s Torah reading begins with the mitzvah of Bikkurim, the first fruits which are brought as an offering to Jerusalem. Living far away from agricultural communities, it is hard for us to appreciate the sacrifice involved in this mitzvah. Think for...
The enchanting smell of the blossoming orchard accompanied Eliezer the farmer as he walked slowly up and down the rows of trees. He inspected the blossoms for signs of first fruit, and finally found them in the third row, on the fifth tree. Small pale gre...
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Adapted fromLikkutei Sichos, Vol. IX, pgs. 152ff, 289;Vol. XIX, p. 245ff;Shabbos Parshas Ki Savo 5750;Sefer HaSichos 5748, p. 634ff;Sefer HaSichos 5751, p. 810ff Intangible Gifts Our Sages teach:Bava Basra 9b. “A person who gives a coin to a poor person i...
Ki Tavo
Your children’s humble present meant so much to you because it was given with such love and joy.
Deuteronomy 26:1–29:8
The seventh section of the Book of Deuteronomy concludes Moses’ second farewell address to the Jewish people. It contains Moses’ completion of his review of the commandments, beginning with one that would become relevant only after the Jewish people would...
"והיה כי תבוא אל הארץ" “It will be when you enter the Land [Eretz Yisrael].” (26:1) QUESTION: The word “vehayah” — “it will be” — seems extra? ANSWER: The word “vehayah” denotes happiness (Vayikra Rabbah 11:7). The Torah is teaching us that the Jews will ...
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 . . .
In the Torah portion Savo, we are told to “walk in His paths.”Devarim 28:9. The Rambam regards this exhortation as a positive command,Sefer HaMitzvos, Positive Command 8; Hilchos De’os 1:5 — based on Sotah 14a. explaining it to mean that “we are to emulat...
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