We will continue with what we discussed last week – why Hashem deemed David’s oldest brother unfit for kingship. We saw how Shmuel was criticized for thinking that he knew that Eliav was the proper candidate when indeed he had seen only superficially (on some level).
Bnei Yisrael were commanded that on the day that they were to cross the Jordan, they should erect large stones, coat them with lime and write on them “all the words of the Torah ba’er heitev (literally, explained well)” (Devarim 27:2-8). Some of our greatest minds have toiled to figure out what the exact meanings of these ideas are.
The Bikkurim ceremony is about much more than just one farmer’s gratitude for his individual harvest. It is rather a reminder of the centrality of the Land of Israel, and the inalienable connection we have with this specific little corner of the world.