Shmita Articles

The Borders of Eretz Yisroel

The Borders of Eretz Yisroel

Which Land has Kedushas Shviis? The laws of not working the land during Shmittah only apply to land that had kedushas Eretz Yisroel, as it is written, “When you will come to the land.” (Vayikra 25:20) That’s why fruits and vegetables only have kedushas shviis if they grow in an area that has kedushas Eretz

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Uncle Aryeh the Gardenner Prepares for Shmittah

Uncle Aryeh the Gardenner Prepares for Shmittah

Let’s visit Uncle Aryeh and see how he prepares for Shmittah. He usually has many different plants and trees growing in his yard. Hi kids! Sorry I’m not stopping to talk to you now. My time is short and there’s still a lot of work. Shabbos is coming and I still have a lot to

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Preparing for Shmittah

Preparing for Shmittah

When the Beis Hamikdash stood, Shmittah did not begin on Rosh HaShanah, but thirty days before. This is called tosefes sheviyis. Just like we add some time onto Shabbos when it begins each week, we add some time before the Shmittah year. After the Beis Hamikdash was destroyed, Shmittah begins on Rosh HaShanah. There are

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A Child Speaks About Shmittah

A Child Speaks About Shmittah

Keeping Shmittah Today in Eretz Yisrael Shalom, fellow children! My names is Yitzchok Dovid and I’m from Eretz Yisrael. This coming Rosh Hashanah begins the Shmittah year which occurs every seven years. Eretz Yisrael’s land will rest from agricultural activity for an entire year. We’ll have to make sure that our Israeli fruits and vegetables

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A Journey Towards Shmita- The Tale of How We Found the Perfect Plot of Land

A Journey Towards Shmita- The Tale of How We Found the Perfect Plot of Land

Featured: The Shmita Association’s land-locating staff in a detailed diary entry recounting the process of locating the plot of land which will lie fallow during the upcoming Shmita year. Read about the inspections, investigations, hopes, disappointments and more. Here we go! Tuesday. After four days of travelling the width and breadth of Eretz Yisrael, trying

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Shmittah Restrictions in the Garden and Farm

Shmittah Restrictions in the Garden and Farm

Two Types of Garden Work Some activities aid the process of creating new plants. These are: plowing the land, planting seeds and pruning. They are always forbidden during Shmittah. Gathering in the normal way is also forbidden. All other gardening jobs may not be done to improve plants. For example, watering, fertilizing, weeding, spraying. They are

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Running after Mitzvos

Running after Mitzvos

Obligating Ourselves in Mitzvos Our love for mitzvos is demonstrated when we seek out opportunities that obligate us in doing them. For example, the Torah requires us to fasten tzitzis to a four-cornered garment but it doesn’t require one to wear a four-cornered garment just to fulfill the mitzvah of tzitzis. Yet every Torah Jew

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Lessons of Shmittah

Lessons of Shmittah

The Gemora says in Sanhedrin (39a) – A student asked Rebbi Avahu, “Why did Hashem give us the mitzvah of Shmittah?” He replied, “Hashem told Yisroel, Plant for six years and leave the seventh – then you will know that the land is mine”. Rashi explains that this is so that we do not beceome

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Heter Mechirah

Heter Mechirah

What is Heter Mechirah? Heter mechirah means permission to sell land in Eretz Yisrael to a non-Jew for the Shmitah year. The reason this was done is because the restrictions of planting and harvesting crops during Shmittah only apply to Jewish owned land in Eretz Yisrael. A Jew is not allowed to work his fields

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A Brief History of Shmittah Observance

A Brief History of Shmittah Observance

The First Shmittah When was the first Shmittah observed? B’nei Yisroel entered Eretz Yisrael with Yehoshua in the year of 2488. They only began counting the seven-year cycle after they conquered the land and divided it up between the tribes. This took fourteen years. The first Shmittah that B’nai Yisroel kept was the 21st year

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