Rabbi Marcus – Ki Tavo
The sidrah Ki Tavo expands on the mitzvah of Bikurim as mentioned in Shmot [Ch. 23 V.19] ‘…..the first fruits of your land shall you bring to the House of the Lord’.
We learn of some of the details of the ceremony when farmers brought their first fruits to the Kohen in Temple times. Part of the ceremony was a declaration in Hebrew made by the farmer which was essentially a brief synopsis of Jewish History emphasizing the divine connection to the land of Israel.