Written by 8th grader Ari Gabay who will become a Bar Mitzvah this Shabbat
This week, we read about Bikkurim, the first fruit offerings Jewish farmers in the Holy Land were commanded to bring to G‑d as thanks for the land and its produce. On a basic level, Bikkurim reminds us never to be ungrateful for the things we are blessed with in life.
Knowing that our friends and cousins are still fighting to keep Israel safe, somehow takes away the appetite for celebration, even if we personally may have reason to rejoice. One Jew's satisfaction is not complete when he knows that his brother has not yet been taken care of.
So, if you have a job, think of someone who doesn't. If you have a lot of friends, think of someone who might need friends. If you know someone who suffered devastation after Hurricane Harvey hit, help them out. If you know where the poor live, go there and help them get back on their feet. I am helping other people by raising money for leukemia and I am helping the food bank feed more people. This is what this Parasha means to me.