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The Shemittah (Sabbatical) Year—its laws, traditions and timeless messages.



A Year of Faith


Like the seventh day of the week, every seventh year is holy. The Shemittah (Sabbatical) year is a year devoted to strengthening our bond with G‑d—specifically, honing our faith in His omnipotence and our trust in His kindness.

This year, 5775 since creation (Sept. 25, 2014–Sept. 13, 2015), is a Shemittah year. The articles and classes in the following sections will discuss this year’s special observances as well as its spiritual message.

Wishing you an inspiring, uplifting, and meaningful Shemittah year!

What Is Shemittah?
The Sabbatical Year basics: absolution of loans, desisting from all field work, and the spiritual objective of all the above.
Loan Amnesty: Pruzbul
Questions and answers about the cancellation of debts on the Sabbatical year, and what we do about it
Deserting the Farms
A digest of the pertinent laws of shemittat karka, the agricultural restrictions of the Sabbatical (Shemittah) year.
Shemittah Essays
A selection of reading, essays and insights on the Shemittah year—the once-in-every-seven-years Sabbatical year
Shemittah First-Hand
Jewish farmers in Israel today talk about Shemittah and their lives
Shemittah Q&A
Questions and answers on the laws of Shemittah, the Sabbatical year
Letters from the Rebbe
The Lubavitcher Rebbe's message in honor of the shemitah year
Shemittah Videos
Video classes and more on the Sabbatical (Shemittah) year
Shemittah Audio
Audio classes and more on the Sabbatical (Shemittah) year
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Discussion (17)
March 8, 2015
All signs and statistics are pointing that direction it's time for being kind and to be spiritual .
February 19, 2015
Re: New Moon and the Shemitah
The Shemitah starts at the beginning of the Hebrew month of Tishrei (Rosh Hashanah) of the seventh year in the cycle. The first day of the Jewish month is based on the new moon. Other than that, there is no connection between Shemitah and the new moon.
Eliezer Zalmanov
February 18, 2015
Where is the discussion? I see only statements and unanswered questions. Why? Doesn't anyone have answers.?
February 9, 2015
Ultimately the bankers are in control, all you need to do is convince them.
October 12, 2014
We are in Shemitah now!!!!
October 9, 2014
According to Johnathan Cahn there was a stock market crash in Sept 2001,and Sept 2008. I have not had a chance to purchase the new book re: the Mystery of the Shemitah. Have you heard that there could be judgement on America for our moral decline, and that we could see some negative economic ramifications ie:
Economic Collapse. Could this possibly be responsible for the increased volatility in the last month.
September 27, 2014
When is the next Jubilee Year?
June Green
September 25, 2014
New Moon and the Shemitah
I just had a question and I hope someone will answer it for me ! Does the New Moon have anything to do with the Shemitah ? I was told that the Shemitah cannot start until the New Moon ( Silver Sliver) is spotted. Is this true ?
September 23, 2014
Very interesting! Good stuff!
May 15, 2014
Keeping Shmita in Chutz La'aretz (Outside of Israel)
Hi, Tami. You wanted to know whether or not it was possible to keep Shmita outside of Israel.
There is a new organization out there that lets Jews everywhere purchase land in Israel for the Shmita year, thereby allowing them to halachically fulfill the mitzvah of Shmita.
They have tons of rabbinic endorsements. I will be buying a small plot of land so that I'll be able to keep Shmita this coming year. You can search on the internet for more information.
Sarah C.
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