Dreaming of Moshiach

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Shmita 5768

שְׁמִטָּה -- "[Year of] Remission" or Sabbatical Year

The same way that we are commanded to work for six days, and then have Shabbat for Hashem, Shmita is Shabbat for an entire year. We need to look forward to it, and treat the halachot just as we keep the halachot of Shabbat. Hashem gave us an opportunity to live such holy lives, that even the food we eat will be extra fortified in holiness!

Almost every Orthodox movement in Israel is currently sending representatives out to the fields, greenhouses and orchards. The reason is that the shmita (sabbatical) year - the final year in a seven-year agricultural cycle, during which the Land of Israel is supposed to lie fallow in accordance with a Biblical injunction - starts in four months, and religious officials are rushing to promise financial and spiritual renumeration, and possibly a place in the world to come.

Getting ready for the Great Shmita year of 5768...




והיה השם למלך על כל הארץ, ביום ההוא יהיה השם אחד - ושמו אחד ישתבח שמו לעד לנצח נצחים בכל העולמות Blessed is His name for eternity in all worlds אין עוד מלבדו