SHAVUOT, JUNE 8, 2008

After services in the sanctuary, the congregation gathered in the social hall to enjoy blintzes and the first fruits of the season:

Afterward the congregation read from Deuteronomy 26:1-19, the citation used during the Temple Era for Israelites express their appreciation to God for having harvested the first fruits of the season:

Now it shall be: when you enter the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, and you possess it and settle in it, You are to take from the premier part of all the fruit of the soil that you produce from your land that the Lord your God is giving you; And you are to place it in a basket and are to go Jerusalem. You are to come to the priest that is there in those days, and you are to say to him:
I announce today to the lord my God that I have entered the land that the lord swore to our fathers, to give us.
Then the priest is to take the basket from your hand and is to deposit it before the alter of the Lord your God. And you are to speak up and say, before the presence of the Lord your God:
My ancestors wandered until they went down to Egypt and lived there, beginning few in number. But we became a great nation, many in number and might. Now the Egyptians dealth with us in bad faith. They afflicted us and placed us in hard servitude. We cried out to the lord, the God of our fathers and mothers. And God hearkened to our voice; he saw our affliction, and our strain, and our oppression. And God took us out from Egypt with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, with great awe-inspiring acts and with signs and portents. And he brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. So, now—here I have brought the premier part of the fruits of the soil that you have give us, o Lord.
Then you are to deposit it before the presence of the Lord your God and you are to bow before the presence of the Lord your God; you are to rejoice in all the good-things that the Lord your God has given you and your household.

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