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father” These words “Arami Avad Avi” are the beginning of the formula used when fulfilling the
Mitzvah of bringing the first fruits to Jerusalem. The Children of Israel are commanded to bring the
First Fruits (of the seven fruits of the Land e.g. wheat, barley, dates, figs, grapes, pomegranates, and
olives) to Jerusalem, to present it to the Priest who would place it near the altar (Bikkurim. 3. 1-9 ).
The ceremony was conducted with great rejoicing with processions, music and dancing. The
formula goes on to say that Jacob and his children went down to Egypt were made to serve there as
slaves and that God brought them out of Egypt and has "brought us unto this place, the Land of
Israel, a land of milk and honey". (Ex.Ch. 3.V.8). Although part of the Israel people resided on the east
bank of the Jordan, the Rabbis decreed that the first fruits were only to be brought from the Israel side
of the Jordan because the other side was not "a land flowing with milk and honey" (...
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