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Elimelech Silberberg Martin Goodman
46 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1989
The Simple, Inescapable Truth
That Comes With First Fruits
Special to The Jewish News
ack in New York I
didn't know too many
people who grew
grapes in the backyard, but
even if they had, it's unlikely
that a rabbi would have been
invited to their homes for a
ceremony called the neta
revaii. That is the fourth plan-
ting, a name that refers to the
law of orla, which forbids
eating the fruit of a tree dur-
ing the first three years of its
cultivation, and calls for
bringing the fourth-year
fruits to Jerusalem.
When the Temple still
stood, fruits of the fourth year
were either brought to
Jerusalem or their value
redeemed and the money
spent in Jerusalem. lbday, in
Israel, the fruits of the fourth
planting are redeemed with a
coin, similar to the coin used
for the redemption of "offer-
ings" and "tithings" (truma
and maaser) which also must
be removed before we can eat
from the fruit.
The laws of orla, truma, and
maaser make it clear that
eating kosher can apply to
much more than just meat;
but the first and foremost re-
quirement in the Ibrah con-
cerning fruit produce was the
special, annual ceremony
called bikkurim, the "bring-
ing of the first fruits" to
Jerusalem, which is how this
week's portion begins.
"When you come to the
land . . . you shall bring the
Shabbat Ki Tavo:
first of every fruit of the earth
produced by your land that
God your Lord is giving you.
You must. place it in a basket,
and bring it to the site that
God will choose . ..." (Deut. 26
Maimonides, in his Guide to
the Perplexed, Part Three,
Chapter 39, clarifies that the
law of bikkurim is intended to
strengthen our absolute feal-
ty to God by teaching us the
basic lesson that everything
is a gift from God.
The Akedath Yitzchak,
Rabbi Yitzchak Arama, goes
a step further in his comment
on the verse, "And you shall
take of all the fruit of the
earth, which you shall bring
in from your land which God
has given you." He explains
that initially the Ibrah refers
to "your land" because we
often take it for granted that
the land is ours, but im-
mediately the text corrects
our misconception by poin-
ting out that this is the land
". . which God has given
you." Accepting the idea of
this land as a gift from God
prevents us from strutting
with overwhelming pride.
The land is only in our care,
a nation of tenant farmers,
and the lord of the land is the
Understanding that the
land is a gift humbles us. Fur-
thermore, if I internalize the
feeling that everything I have
is a gift from God, I don't real-
ly expect anything - and an
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West Bloomfield. Dannel Schwartz,
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Troy. Arnie Sleutelberg, rabbi.
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T'Chiyah: St. Antoine at Monroe,
Sephardic Community of
Greater Detroit: meets at
Yeshivah Beth Yehudah, 15751 W.
Lincoln, Southfield. David Hazan,
vice president. 545-8945.