וידוי מעשרות

Another amazing ceremony mentioned in the Parsha is וידוי מעשרות, the confession of the Tithes. This was done in the fourth and seventh year of the Shmitta cycle on the last day of Pesach.

This ceremony could only be done after all of the Tithes were given. And since the מעשר עני, the Tithe for the poor, was only given in the third and sixth year, the declaration was made the following year.

We can only imagine what it must have been like to stand before Hashem in the Beit Hamikdash and be able to say the following:לא עברתי ממצותך ולא שכחתי, “I have not transgressed Your Mitzvot and I have not forgotten.”

Each Jew declares that he was meticulous in observing every aspect of the numerous תרומה and מעשר laws without forgetting even the smallest detail.

When reading this Parsha, I wonder if we would be capable of declaring that we, too, have been careful with all of Hashem’s Mitzvot. I guess this is something we need to strive for during this season of Selichot and Teshuva.