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Unique Inyan for Women to Purchase Land in Order to Keep Shmita

Unique Inyan for Women to Purchase Land in Order to Keep Shmita

The mitzva of shmita is comprised of both ‘mitzvos asseh’ (positive commandments) and a ‘mitzvas lo ta’aseh’ (negative commandment). The mitzvos asseh are that: one must let the land lie fallow, give the field a rest and render the produce of the fields ‘hefker’ (ownerless). And the ‘mitzvas lo ta’aseh’ is that one may not

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The Mitzva of Shmita as the Catalyst of Galut and Geula

The Mitzva of Shmita as the Catalyst of Galut and Geula

The Days of ‘Bein HaMetzarim’- Longing for Redemption Our enemies have become exceedingly haughty during these trying days of Bein HaMeitzarim. “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation so that Israel’s name is remembered no more” (Tehillim 83:4). During this difficult period, our longing for the rebuilt Beit HaMikdash becomes stronger, our

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Why Shmita?

Why Shmita?

The Sefer HaChinuch gave a few reasons for the mitzva of shmita (mitzva 84), these are his golden words: A. One of the roots of the mitzva is to instill the concept of the renewal of the world in our hearts and to draw a strong picture of this concept in our minds. G-d created

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Land Owned by the Israeli Lands Authority and Leased Land

Land Owned by the Israeli Lands Authority and Leased Land

We discovered several interesting points regarding the type of land upon which one may fulfill the mitzva of shmita. Rented and leased land: The poskim prove that he who rents a field on Erev Shvi’it does not fulfill the mitzva- rather, the landowner who is renting out the field to him is the one who

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VeTziviti Et Birkati- Birkat HaShmita

VeTziviti Et Birkati- Birkat HaShmita

The Torah states (Vayikra 25: 20-21): “You may ask, “What will we eat in the seventh year if we do not plant or harvest our crops?” I will send you such a blessing in the sixth year that the land will yield enough for three years.” This is a unique blessing of bounty that the

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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

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.

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Flowerpots and Hydroponics

Flowerpots and Hydroponics

Flowerpots Even a person who does not have a garden can keep the laws of Shmittah, if he has a flowerpot, or a planter. – If the flowerpot is outdoors, it is like the ground and the laws of Shmittah apply. – If the flowerpot is indoors, it will depend. An Outdoor Flowerpot A flowerpot

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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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