KI TAVO (when you enter in)

Moses continues his last speech to the Israelites. He instructs the Israelites regarding the first fruit offering; Moses then lists the blessings for keeping the commandments and the punishments for disobeying them.

Deuteronomy 26:1 After you come into the land which יהוה your Elohim gives you as an inheritance and have taken possession of it and you live there; 2 You are to take the first of all the crops the ground yields, which you will harvest from your land that יהוה your Elohim gives you and put them in a basket and go to the place which יהוה your Elohim will choose to place His name. C-MATS

Question: What is the offering of first fruits? After the Land was conquered and allocated, farmers were to take the first ripened fruits in a basket to the Temple and present them to the Kohen with gratitude to יהוה. The Kohen places his hand under that of the owner, and together they lift and wave it to יהוה, as is done with many offerings (Succah 47b). The Israelites from the entire Land converged on Jerusalem with their First Fruits in festive processions, accompanied by music and celebrations in city after city. The Israelite’s gift of his first fruits, or Bikkurim, to the Kohen symbolizes that he dedicates everything he has to the service of יהוה. For an Israelite to say that his every accomplishment — no matter how much sweat he invested in it — is a gift from יהוה is one of the goals of Creation. Chumash

Question: How can we give יהוה our choicest fruits? If the day must include both study of the scriptures and worldly studies, the study of the scriptures should be scheduled for the morning hours when the mind is at its freshest and most receptive. If one’s talents are to be divided between two occupations, one whose primary function is to pay the bills and a second which benefits his fellow man, he should devote his keenest abilities to the his fellow man. Chumash