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How Do You Know What You Think You Know?

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In this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, Mosheh speaks reflectively, instructing the Israelites, as they approach the Promised Land at the end of their 40-year journey through the wilderness, with the commandment of bikkurim, first fruits. Once you’ve entered the land that G‑d is giving to you, you must bring the first fruits of your harvest to the Holy Temple to express your gratitude for all that G‑d has done for you. A reminder to pause and show gratitude for the greatness that surrounds us before diving in and enjoying Rosh Hashanah, and the joy of creation. Also, the laws of the “maaser” tithes that is given to the Levites and to the poor, and the blessings from observance and curses, tochechah, from violation of the law, are included.

The first offering of fruits historically happened at Shavuot, and as the crops continue to grow and bloom through........

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