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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 1 - The 248 Positive Commandments of the Tora

132 - RECITAL ON BRINGING THE FIRST FRUIT


Deuteronomy 26:5 -- “And you shall answer and say before the LORD your God: 'My father was a Syrian, about to perish, and he went down to Egypt and dwelt there, few in number; and there he became a nation, great, mighty, and populous.”

“The reciting of a certain portion of the Law when the first-fruits are brought to the temple tends also to create humility. For he who brings the first-fruits takes the basket upon his shoulders and proclaims the kindness and goodness of God. This ceremony teaches man that it is essential in the service of God to remember the times of trouble and the history of past distress, in days of comfort.”*

* Moreh Nebuchim III, 39

The general attitude to illiteracy in ancient Israel may be gathered to some extent from the following Mishnah: “Before-time all those who could recite (the words of the Scriptural portion of the first-fruits) recited them, and those who could not recite them repeated the words (after the priest); but when these latter refrained (out of shame) from bringing (their first-fruits), it was decided that both those who could recite them and those who could not should repeat the words after the priest.”*

* Bik. III, 7

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