25 When he has smoothed its surface, Does he not rather broadcast black cumin And scatter cumin, Or set wheat in a row, Barley in a strip, And emmer in a patch?
ha-LO im shi-VAH fa-NE-ha v’-hay-FEETZ KE-tzakh v’-kha-MON yiz-ROK v’-SAM khi-TAH so-RAH us-o-RAH nis-MAN v’-khu-SE-met g’-vu-la-TO
כה הֲלוֹא אִם־שִׁוָּה פָנֶיהָ וְהֵפִיץ קֶצַח וְכַמֹּן יִזְרֹק וְשָׂם חִטָּה שׂוֹרָה וּשְׂעֹרָה נִסְמָן וְכֻסֶּמֶת גְּבֻלָתוֹ׃
28:25 Or set wheat in a row
Wheat, the first of the seven special agricultural products of Eretz Yisrael (Deuteronomy 8:8), has been one of the world’s major crops since biblical times. The first mention of wheat in the Bible is found in Sefer Bereishit (30:14): “Once, at the time of the wheat harvest, Reuven came upon some mandrakes in the field…” So important is wheat flour that the Rabbis taught: “Where there is no flour, there is no Torah; and where there is no Torah, there is no flour” (Ethics of the Fathers), emphasizing the mutual dependency of the physical world and spiritual pursuits.