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Parashat 'Asser Te'Asser' In Piyyut And Piyyut Commentary

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The Biblical passage Asser Te'asser ('You shall surely tithe') covers Deuteronomy 14:22-15:18. This passage deals (1) with the tithe which is to be consumed at the Second Temple, (2) with the tithe for the poor, which is given every third year (according to rabbinic interpretations instead of the first mentioned tithe), (3) with the remission of debts every seventh year, and (4) with the freeing of the Hebrew slave. The prominence of homiletic sources for the piyyut is important insofar as these texts were originally performed in the synagogues of Ereẓ Israel in Late Antiquity. According to the piyyut commentary, Israel was promised that they would inherit the land of ten people, and did inherit the land of seven people only. But in the days of the Messiah, God's promise to Abraham will become true and Israel will inherit the land of the last three nations mentioned as well.

Keywords: Asser Te'asser; Hebrew; Israel; piyyut commentary; Second Temple



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