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    A gift to God – Ki Tavo

    Offering the bikkurim to the kohen

    Offering the bikkurim to the kohen

    The sidra opens (Deut. 26:1-3) with the law of first-fruits, bikkurim.

    Its message is that people who live in an agricultural society should bring a portion of their crops as an offering to God. And once you think about it, you recall other types of offerings that human beings should and can bring to God.

    The next stage is the thought that it’s only fair. We receive so much from God, so why shouldn’t we give Him something?

    Of course it’s hard to decide what to give to Someone who has everything.

    We already have this problem – writ small – with fellow human beings. What gift do you give to someone who already has every material advantage and simply doesn’t need another car, another house, another television, another cellphone, certainly not another tie or pair of socks.

    What do you give God – another tree, another mountain, another river, another continent?

    Answer – give Him what He says He wants. The prophet Micah (6:8) tells us: “What does the Lord ask of you, but to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly?”

    It’s not that the moral gifts we give Him make Him any richer, but they certainly make Him happier.

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