Baruch HaShem my daughter got engaged this week to a fine boy in Eretz Yisroel so this is a wonderful opportunity to talk about gratitude and Eretz Yisroel. This week’s parasha begins with exactly that topic. Bikkurim is about showing gratitude to HaShem for the first fruits. It is noteworthy that the Mishna (Rosh HaShanah 16a) states that on Shavuos we are judged on the fruits of the tree. What is the connection between Shavuos and fruits of the tree? The Gemara (Pesachim 68b) states that on Shavuos everyone agrees that one must indulge in food and drink, as on Shavuos we received the Torah. Rashi writes that by partaking in food and drink, we demonstrate that we are satisfied that we received the Torah on this day. What greater expression of gratitude can we offer HaShem than declaring that we are satisfied and willing to receive His Torah?
Now we can understand the connection between Shavuos and the fruits of the tree. Shavuos is a day when we express our gratitude, similar to the mitzvah of Bikkurim where one expresses his gratitude to HaShem for the bounty of the field.
HaShem should allow us to recognize the good in every aspect of our lives and may we share many simchos and brachos until the arrival of Moshiach Tzidkeinu, speedily, in our days.
Have a grateful Shabbos