13 Mar Acknowledging our Blessings on Shavuot
For many of us, Shavuot is a nostalgic holiday full of casseroles and cheesecakes.
In addition to celebrating the giving of the Torah, Shavuot is also a harvest festival and, in biblical times, was marked by the ceremony of bikkurim (first fruits), the bringing of the seven species to the Temple.
In the absence of the Temple, bikkurim no longer applies, however we still keep the Mitzvah alive by giving gifts of thankfulness and appreciation for all the good we are given and acknowledging Hashem as our primary benefactor.
The sages say that one who brings gifts to a Torah sage is considered to have brought bikkurim.