(photo credit: Michelangelo da Carvaggio)
Shavuot is fast approaching, and as well as spending time with family
and eating cheesecake, the festival is traditionally associated with the
mitzva of “bikkurim” – to represent the time when farmers brought the
first fruits to the Temple.
Although the Temple no longer stands
and this ritual is no longer practiced, Shavuot is often referred to as
"Hag HaBikurim," a time when people are thankful for a "first" in their
People no longer bring their first fruits in the literal sense, but the
reference can be translated into modern times. It could be the day a
first child was born, making aliya, the first day in a new house or a
child's first day at school. Here at JPost.com we want to hear your
"bikkurim" stories and why they mean so much to you.
Please send us a short description of a "first" which has been
significant to you. We also want to see your pictures from the event so
please send them in too.
Email stories and pictures to email@example.com