II Chronicles 31:5
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5  When the word spread, the Israelites brought large quantities of grain, wine, oil, honey, and all kinds of agricultural produce, and tithes of all, in large amounts.

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ה  וְכִפְרֹץ הַדָּבָר הִרְבּוּ בְנֵי־יִשְׂרָאֵל רֵאשִׁית דָּגָן תִּירוֹשׁ וְיִצְהָר וּדְבַשׁ וְכֹל תְּבוּאַת שָׂדֶה וּמַעְשַׂר הַכֹּל לָרֹב הֵבִיאוּ׃

31:5   And tithes of all, in large amounts

The gifts and tithes brought to the Beit Hamikdash and presented to the Kohanim and Leviim are examples of biblical commandments that apply only in the Land of Israel. A portion of the crops grown in the land is dedicated to the Creator before we eat from them ourselves, to remind us that no matter how hard we work the land, and despite the tremendous human effort required to produce it, our crops are really a gift from Hashem. Additionally, gifts are given to the religious leaders of Israel, to provide physical sustenance in exchange for the spiritual nourishment they offer the people. Since they have no portion of land of their own, the Kohanim and Leviim are dependent on the rest of the nation for their physical nourishment. In return, their contribution elevates everyone else’s existence in the land. Such is life in Eretz Yisrael – the physical and spiritual are continuously intertwined.

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  • Awesome chapter, Hezekiah really seeking Hashem, good leadership – his actions and words the same. Please will someone tell me what is meant by 'the Heaps', first mentioned in verse 6 in this chapter, and again next verse.

    • The heaps refer to the piles or stacks of food that the people had brought as tithes to the Priests and Levites in the Temple. When it says in verse 7 that they "began to lay the foundation of the heaps," it means they began to collect or gather them. The Hebrew word יסד in this verse literally means foundation, but can also refer to the beginning of something.

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II Chronicles 31:5

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