First Fruit Protection: Part 1 & 2

In this session AnaRina and Caz discuss the period between Shavuot and Sukkot and the First Fruits that were brought to Jerusalem during this time.

Part 1:
* Jerusalem Day (Yerushalayim Heaven and Earth connected)
•    Shavuot- Shemot 34:22/26 first fruits
•    First fruit season falls between Shavuot and Sukkot. 
•    Bikkurim – 1 Sam 6:13: Now the people of Beth Shemesh were harvesting their wheat in the valley, and when they looked up and saw the ark, they rejoiced at the sight. – Ark was returned in this time
•    Brought form from 7 species:
o    Wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates

Part 2:
* In G-d's system of governance there is always a hierarchy. Even in books and food. We see this also with Israel, Jerusalem and the Temple.
•    Order of levels in the baskets: Barley, wheat, olives, dates, pomegranates and then grapes (Saying Bracha (food blessing): different levels of importance)
•    Accompanied by religious officials  - Bikkurim gets intact to Temple
•    Significance of First Fruits one testifies/acknowledges:
o    Not ungrateful, not haughty, not forgetting his roots from where he comes from, acknowledges and remembers G-d’s GOODNESS
o    Places G-d ABOVE ALL his concerns
o    Acknowledges G-d as KING

•    Firstfruits Story connected to  Jerusalem
*The Split of the two Kingdoms (House of Israel and House of Judah) and how this came to play in the story of King Hezekiah
•    Hezekiah
o     GREAT REFORM:
    rededicating the Temple, 
    breaking down the idols, 
    reinstating Pesach (and the other festivals) 
    as well as the first fruit offerings.

 

First Fruit Protection: Part 3

In this session AnaRina and Caz discuss the period between Shavuot and Sukkot and the First Fruits that were brought to Jerusalem during this time.

Part 3:

Continuing the story of King Hezekiah and what happened after the reform:
o    24th of May – Starts Rosh Chodesh Sivan 
o    2 Chron 31:7 (In the third month they began to lay the foundation of the heaps, and finished them in the seventh month)
o    Thus Hezekiah showed that he placed God above all his concerns
o    After these things, and this faithfulness, Sennacherib king of Assyria came, (2 Chron 32:1) => Hezekiah’s worst enemy
o    The digging of the tunnel, enlarging the city, refugees seeking refuge in Jerusalem
o    G-d's promise to Isaiah
o    Divine intervention Do G-d’s commandments, stay under His protection
o    Take note: 
    it's not that the enemy didn’t come. 
    Hezekiah put every possible human effort in to be ready for what was coming at him and his people. After that, he placed his faith in G-d.

First Fruit Protection: Part 4

In this session, AnaRina and Caz discuss the period between Shavuot and Sukkot and the First Fruits that were brought to Jerusalem during this time.

Part 4:

 20th of Sivan – marks a string of pogroms against Jews in Europe over history
• Tammuz (Heat of summer)
• 17th of Tammuz [Breaching the walls]– 4 fasts
• Other calamities:
o First Tablets broke (golden calf)
 Desert generation: how is it possible that after all the miracles they sinned? LESSON TO BE LEARNED – DON’T JUDGE. Most enlightened generation, filled with G-d’s knowledge. This was to teach a way FOR REPENTANCE to multitudes and also the future generations.
 Even the path of Repentance had to be created.
o The offering of daily sacrifice suspended (First Temple)
o The breakthrough of Temple walls (Second Temple)
o Apustamus the wicked burned the Torah
o Antiochus Epiphanes erected an Idol in Temple
• 17 Tammuz starts the 3 week period to 9 Av - We will cover this in length in the next session (G-d willing)
• 9 Av: Many Christians joining the Jewish people. Repenting for the atrocities done onto the Jewish people

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