15 September 2011

Sheviit, shabbat and bikurrim

Sheviit is about eretz; bikurrim is about adamah
The former defines the culmination of the first covenant, brit Sinai, the second defines the culmination of the second covenant, the brit Arvot Moab
Adam violates shabbat when he eats from the fruit, which God explicitly does not grant to man; Qayin violates bikurrim by not offering his best (first) fruits in his mincha, in contra-distinction to Hevel who brings "mibkhorot tzono." 
Shabbat is about what belongs to God's choq; bikurrim is about how God's contribution has a hand in man's creative power. 

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