We work six days, and the seventh day, Shabbat, is consecrated to G‑d, a day to spiritually refresh and reconnect with our Creator.
In a similar vein, every seventh year is holy; the Shemitah (Sabbatical) year is a year devoted to strengthening our bond with G‑d, and specifically to honing our faith in His omnipotence and our trust in His kindness.
This year, the year 5768 since creation (Sept. 13, 2007-Sept. 29, 2008), is a Shemitah year. The articles in the following sections will explain this year's special observances and laws, as well as expand on its spiritual message and practical relevance in the 21st century.
Wishing you an inspiring, uplifting and meaningful Shemitah year!
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In our ignorance we had begun a garden, what do we do?
Does this mean that we are not to even harvest or pick any wild fruit, fruit trees and corn when in season?
I had picked some wild blackberries recently and the consequencies have become evident. Since reading this I understand that it is the Shemitah. Oy vey!
So, no gardening or harvesting of any kind? wild or domestic?
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