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The bringing of the ”First Fruits” was a recognition of God’s hand in the destiny of the
Jewish People, and a thank offering for His Goodness in bringing us out of Egypt into a goodly land,
and for fulfilling His promise, that the land would belong to the Jewish People for ever (Lev. Ch. 26. V 3
– 22). The fact that we were exiled is also in accord with His promise set out (Deut. Ch. 28) as to what
would happen to us if we abandoned the Torah and disobeyed His Commandments. Even with the
Exile however, the promise still holds good that the land will forever belong to the people of Israel
and that in the right time "The great Shofar will be blown and then will come those lost in the land of Assyria and those cast away in the land of Egypt and they shall prostrate themselves to the
Lord on the Holy mountain of JERUSALEM" (Isaiah. Ch. 27.V 13 ).
The reciting of these words the beginning of the “First Fruits” formula is particularly
appropriate at the Seder night, when we celebrate the “Festival of Freedom” of the Nation of Israel.
Had Laban been successful, the Jewish people wo...
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