Numbers 15:21
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21  You shall make a gift to Hashem from the first yield of your baking, throughout the ages.

may-ray-SHEET a-ri-so-tay-KHEM ti-t’-NU la-do-NAI t’-ru-MAH l’-do-RO-tay-KHEM

כא  מֵרֵאשִׁית עֲרִסֹתֵיכֶם תִּתְּנוּ לַיהֹוָה תְּרוּמָה לְדֹרֹתֵיכֶם׃

15:21   You shall make a gift to Hashem from the first yield of your baking

The commandment to separate a portion of dough for the Kohanim, known as challah (חלה), went into effect only once the people entered the Land of Israel. This dough is given to the Kohanim, since they did not receive their own portion of land through which they could sustain themselves. The job of the Kohanim is to educate the people and work in the Beit Hamikdash, thereby providing the Nation with spiritual sustenance. In turn, they are provided with physical sustenance from the portions of the other tribes. Such is one’s existence in Eretz Yisrael – the physical and spiritual are continuously intertwined.

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  • “The first portion of your dough…”
    This phrase brings to mind the prayer said at the beginning of Shabbat that says, “Who brings forth bread from out of the earth….”
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    When I learned to make bread many years ago, I was often bemused to consider the many ways that bread is used to illustrate teachings in the Scriptures. From the equation of leaven to sin, to the source of bread as a meager substitute for every word that proceeds from the mouth of Elohim, bread is a part of our lives.
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    It’s even more interesting when I lived in Thailand to realize how much of the world’s population has nothing to do with bread. Rice is the carb of choice for most Asian cultures.
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    Since bread is often made daily in households where bread is actually made at home, it makes sense that those who serve Elohim must be considered when we prepare food for ourselves.
    Baruch Hashem.

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