Dvar Torah from Dodger Stadium: This week, we read about the specialness of Eretz Yisrael. The Pasuk regarding the Seven Species is mentioned as well.
There are many Halachic ramifications connected with this verse. Regarding fruit, we always make a Bracha on one of the Seven Species before another fruit. The fruit that are closest to the word ארץ, comes before other fruit.
For example, the pomegranate, רימון, is furthest from the word ארץ. The זית, olive, is found near the second time the word ארץ appears in the Pasuk. It takes priority over the date and the fig.
Another Halacha connected to the Seven Species is the law of ביכורים, first fruits connected with Shavuot. These fruits that are given as a gift to the Kohein, only come from the Seven Species. There is something very special about the fruits of Eretz Yisrael.