This week’s Parsha is Eikev; it means a reward,
But not for battles that we fight with a sword.
Moshe said we must earn it; he knew that we can,
But only in Israel, that’s Hashem’s special plan.
Seven special crops that would grow in the land,
We’d grow them and eat them; they’d really taste grand.
Seven special crops to be our special prize
Ripe and delicious, right before our very eyes.
Two grains to make breads; five fruits for our plate
All of them with flavours we can all appreciate.
חִטָּה (chitah) is wheat, growing tall and golden brown;
שְׂעוֹרָה (se’orah) is barley, a grain from the ground;
גֶּפֶן (gefen) is a grapevine, to give us shade and fruit and wine;
תְּאֵנָה (te’ainah) are plump figs to share: yours and yours and mine.
רִמּוֹן (rimon) is a pomegranate with its funny clump of seeds;
And זַיִת (zayit) is an olive-tree for all our olive-oil needs.
The last one, תָּמָר (tamar), is a date filled with honey,
High in a palm tree under desert skies so sunny.
So how can we earn all of these special fruits;
the wheat for our cakes, all the plump olive shoots?
Do we have to pay money or fight in a war?
No! Hashem wants us to do something more.
He gave us the Torah; he wants us to live it;
He wants to feel proud and so happy to give it.
When He sees that we’re grateful, with hearts that are pure,
He’ll give us seven special crops – and a land that’s secure.
(seven species images borrowed from this lovely artwork site; Moses image (actually, it’s Ezra) courtesy of Phillip Martin Clip Art)
this was really a great find- thank you! i love the rhyming (b/c i'm sappy like that) and the pictures are just really pretty! a keeper, thank you! :)ReplyDelete