Leviticus 23:22
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22  And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I Hashem am your God.

uv-kutz-r’-KHEM et k’-TZEER ar-tz’-KHEM lo t’-kha-LE p’-AT sa-d’-KHA b’-kutz-RE-kha v’-LE-ket k’-tzee-r’-KHA LO te-la-KAYT le-a-NEE v’-la-GAYR ta-a-ZOV o-TAM a-NEE a-do-NAI e-LO-hay-khem

כב  וּבְקֻצְרְכֶם אֶת־קְצִיר אַרְצְכֶם לֹא־תְכַלֶּה פְּאַת שָׂדְךָ בְּקֻצְרֶךָ וְלֶקֶט קְצִירְךָ לֹא תְלַקֵּט לֶעָנִי וְלַגֵּר תַּעֲזֹב אֹתָם אֲנִי יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם׃

 23:22   You shall not reap all the way to the edges of your field

This verse describes some of the agricultural laws reflecting the biblical notion of charity. A farmer must leave a corner of his field unharvested, and may also not collect stalks of grain that fall during harvesting. Similarly, forgotten sheaves of grain and small grapes left on the vine must not be collected. Instead, each of these portions of the harvest must be left for the poor. These commandments only apply to farmers in Israel. Farmers outside of Eretz Yisrael may harvest their entire field, as reflected in the words “of your land,” which refer specifically to the Land of Israel. This biblical imperative is still practiced in Israel today. Each season, farmers throughout Israel leave over millions of pounds of produce from the fields, which are collected by volunteers and distributed to poor people all over the country.

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  • The commentator is correct. This is a matter of charity. The poor an those traveling could easily retrieve enough to satisfy their nourishment needs. However, I must disagree with the assessment of the phrase "in your land". Certainly, it's directed to those farmers in the land. Even so, as I've said in other comments, YHVH is the Elohim of the whole world. Even if it is directed solely at Israeli farmers, those of other lands would be equally blessed of Adonai for their hospitality.

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Leviticus 23:22

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