Parashat Aharei Mot-Kedoshim / The World as Vineyard

It stands to reason that an expression of thanks should be said after the consumption and not beforehand. There is, however, a midrash in which Rabbi Ishmael says the precise opposite.

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The commandment concerning neta revai – produce of the fourth year – that appears in this week’s reading, Aharei Mot-Kedoshim (Leviticus 16:1-20:27), pertains to how crops should be cared for in the Promised...