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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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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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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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