- Upon bringing bikkurim (first fruits) to the Temple, the farmer would recite the history of the entry of the Jewish People into the Land of Israel as part of his acknowledgement to God. Is there ever a time when we can free ourselves of having to thank people for kindness they did for us in the distant past? Is there a need for grown children to be ever-thankful to their parents for feeding and clothing them as infants?
- Moshe instructs the leaders of the next generation to conduct a ceremony of blessings for those who uphold the law and curses for those who defy it. Which is a more effective educational tool - the promise of rewards for good actions or the threat of negative consequences for bad deeds?
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