The Yeshiva World: HaGaon Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky: “It is Praiseworthy To Buy [a plot of] Privately Owned Land [in Eretz Yisroel] in Order to Fulfill the Mitzva of Shmita
This unique proclamation was made while the chairmen of The Shmita Association were enjoying a visit in Maran Sar HaTorah HaGaon Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky shlita’s home study. They went there in order to receive his brachos and guidance regarding numerous halachic questions pertaining to The Shmita Association. This association gives every Jew, everywhere, the opportunity to personally take part in Shmita observance by allowing them to officially and privately own a plot of agricultural land (recognized by the Israeli Lands Authority aka “Tabu”), and thus be zocheh to all the brachos that are promised to ‘Shomrei Shvi’is’.
During the lengthy question and answer session, Maran Sar HaTorah shlita stated that, “It is praiseworthy for all who wish to practically fulfill the mitzva of Shmita and to be zocheh to the unique brachos which are mentioned with regards to Shmita observers, to buy a plot of privately owned land in Eretz Yisroel which will be worked upon during the sixth year and rest during the seventh, either personally or through The Shmita Association!” “These words refer to men and women alike,” added Maran shlita.
It’s noteworthy that now, as the Shmita year approaches, The Shmita Association’s directors entered the homes of Maranan and Rabanan Gedolei HaDor shlita. Maran the Great Rosh Yeshiva HaGaon Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman shlita expressed amazement regarding the initiative and even added his signature to the ‘Kriyas Kodesh’. The directors of The Shmita Association were welcomed with much emotion and excitement in the homes of Gedolei Torah and Chassidus, many of whom requested to be mekayem the mitzva of Shmita kehilchasa for the first time and to personally make a kinyan of a plot of land through the association.
The Shmita Association was established on the eve of this past Shmita (5768) in order to enable each and every Jew to fulfill the mitzva of Shmita kehilchasa by becoming the official private owner of a plot of agricultural land in Eretz Yisroel (recognized by the Israeli Lands Authority aka “Tabu”). The entire kinyonim process and selection of the large plot of land, was and is accompanied by HaGaon HaGadol Rabbi Shmuel Eliezer Shtern shlita, Ga’avad of “Sha’arei Horo’oh” and dayan in Maran Posek HaDor HaGaon Rabbi Shmuel HaLevi Wosner shlita’s court. Legal accompaniment of the project is provided by the Harpaz-Horowitz law firm.
The Shmita Association is now busy putting the finishing touches on their preparations of being able to answer the heavy volume of inquiries being made by Jews worldwide wishing to join Gedolei Torah and Chassidus who have already made their kinyans of a plot of privately owned land in order to be mekayem the mitzva of Shmita in 5775.
Additionally, here is the “Kol Koreh” issued by Gedolei Yisroel as well as a gallery of Gedolei Yisroel joining the initiative.
Gedolei Yisroel blessing and joining The Shmita Association by purchasing a small plot of land with the Israeli Land Authority (“Tabu”) in order to fulfill the mitzva of Shmita.
The Shmita Association’s rabbi, HaGaon Rabbi Shmuel Eliezer Shtern shlita, presents the project to Maran the Great Rosh Yeshiva HaGaon Rabbi Aryeh Yehudah Leib Shteinman shlita, and receives his blessing and support.
The directors of The Shmita Association receiving halachic guidance from Maran Sar HaTorah HaGaon Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky shlita, who blesses and encourages the initiative, and even adds his signature to a “Kol Koreh” promoting the association.
The Great Rachmastrivka Rebbe shlita signing the purchase documents of daled amos in Eretz HaKodesh.
The Gaon Av Beis Din of the Eidah Chareidis Maran HaGaon Rabbi Yitzchok Tuvia Weiss shlita purchasing a plot of land through the association.
The Great Biala Rebbe shlita signs the forms in order to buy daled amos of land in Eretz Yisroel.
Maran HaGaon HaGadol Rabbi Shalom Cohen shlita, the head of the Moetzes Chachmei HaTorah signs a Kriyas Kodesh to promote The Shmita Association initiative.
HaGaon Rabbi Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi shlita, Rosh Yeshivas Ateres Yisroel, making a kinyan of a plot of land in order to fulfill the mitzva of Shmita.
HaGaon Rabbi Ezriel Auerbach shlita while joining the initiative which will enable him to be mekayem the mitzva of Shmita behidur.
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