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The Yeshiva World: HaGaon Rabbi Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi – “The Great Importance of Agudas Shmita is That it Introduces an Atmosphere of Shmiras Shviis”

The Yeshiva World: HaGaon Rabbi Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi – “The Great Importance of Agudas Shmita is That it Introduces an Atmosphere of Shmiras Shviis”

(Wednesday, September 10th, 2014) The chairmen of The Shmita Association enjoyed an in-depth question and answer session in HaGaon HaGadol Rabbi Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi shlita’s home, while he made in-depth inquiries about the nature of their innovative shmita project. This association gives every Jew, everywhere, the opportunity to personally take part in Shmita observance by allowing them

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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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Letters from Jews Who Join the Initiative

Letters from Jews Who Join the Initiative

The following enthusiastic e-mail has just come in from a Jew in France who purchased a plot of land today upon which he will keep shmita during the upcoming shmita year! We are 100% sure that in the zchut of the love and joy in fulfilling this mitzva we will be zoche to the coming of Mashiach

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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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The Mitzva of Shmita in Our Generation

The Mitzva of Shmita in Our Generation

In our generation… We have been exiled from our land, and most of the Jewish nation does not live in its land, and each one of the twelve tribes does not reside on its territory. Therefore, the Tana’im (Mo’ed Katan 2b) disagree as to whether or not shmita should be practiced min haTorah. According to

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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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