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Parashat Ki Tavo begins with the mitzvah of bikkurim, the bringing of the first fruits of the harvest as an offering to God. When the Israelites brought their baskets to the priest, they would offer a recitation—one that made its way into the Passover Haggadah:

“Arami Oved Avi—My father was a fugitive Aramean. He went down to Egypt with meager numbers and sojourned there; but there he became a great and very populous nation. The Egyptians dealt harshly with us and oppressed us; they imposed heavy labour upon us. We cried out to the Eternal, the God of our ancestors, and the...

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