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Shemitah Audio

Audio classes and more on the Sabbatical (Shemitah) year

Shemitah of the Land
This class discusses the spiritual dimension of the mitzvah of Shemitah relating to desisting from working the land.
Shemitah of Money
This class explains the deeper significance behind the mitzvah of Shemitah in relation to the release of debts.
Laws of Shemitah in Israel
With a Hint of Shabbat Laws
Weekly Story for Re’eh: Let Go and Let G-d!
Did you know that while adults smile on average 20 times a day, children average 300 smiles a day! What is it about children that makes them so happy? And what is it about us adults that we tend to be filled with worry, concern and anxiety? A solution can be found in this week’s Torah portion. Enjoy this week’s story with a fascinated twist at the end that highlights this idea that if we are willing to let go and let G-d, we will lead a much happier, calmer life.
Weekly Story for Shelach: What’s Your Agenda?
We make so many different decisions each day. What can we do to help ensure that the choices we make are the right ones? There is a powerful lesson in this week’s Torah portion, which reminds us that if we have our own agenda, we will ultimately fail. However, if we follow where G-d wants us to go, all works out best at the end. This week’s heartwarming story reveals the secret behind one of the finest Matzah flour in the world today!
Does the Torah Support Any One Economic System?
An interesting look at how various laws concerning the Sabbatical and Jubilee years affect economics.
An Israeli Farmer Who Keeps Shemitah
Join Chana for a fascinating conversation with Ira Zimmerman, an Israeli farmer who shares what it's like to completely trust G-d for his livelihood for the entire sabbatical year.
The Sabbatical Year
Audio | 1:08:51
The Sabbatical Year
Practical Parshah - Behar
The agricultural restrictions of the seventh (shemita) year, how it is practiced by Jewish farmers in the Land of Israel today, and how it affects kosher consumers.
Eat to Live or Live to Eat?
Life Lessons from Parshat Behar
The Torah specifically links the mitzvah of resting on the Sabbatical year to Mount Sinai. This demonstrates a powerful lesson in the proper approach to work and higher living.
Getting Grounded!
Audio | 1:09:49
Getting Grounded!
Shemita: an oasis of calm every seven years
The parshah of Behar opens with the mitzvah of Shemita, the grounding injunction to refrain working the Holy Land’s soil every seven years. This ground-breaking class uncovers treasures buried just beneath the crust of this most unusual biblical commandment. In addition to garnering a clear understanding of the exceptional scriptural syntax and a range of unique Torah teachings, you’ll discover a whole new level of consciousness and learn how to retain an oasis of calm even as some of the structures we may have centred our lives around appear to be collapsing!
Daily Mitzvah, Day 143: The Unredeemed Firstborn Donkey & Agricultural Work in the Sabbatical Year
Study the daily lesson of Sefer HaMitzvos for day 143 with Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, where he teaches the mitzvah in-depth with added insight and detail.
Daily Mitzvah, Day 144: Rendering Fields Ownerless and Forgoing Loans on the Sabbatical Year
Study the daily lesson of Sefer HaMitzvos for day 144 with Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, where he teaches the mitzvah in-depth with added insight and detail.
Our 613: Day 143
Audio | 7:58
Our 613: Day 143
Women Learn Sefer HaMitzvot
Our 613: Day 144
Audio | 3:56
Our 613: Day 144
Women Learn Sefer HaMitzvot
Take a Break
Audio | 1:01:41
Take a Break
Shemitah and Loan Amnesty, Lesson 1
Learn the foundational principles and central laws of the Sabbatical Year, known as Shemitah, which is a year of rest and release for both land and money.
Loan Amnesty
Audio | 1:04:31
Loan Amnesty
Shemitah and Loan Amnesty, Lesson 2
Discover the unique legal mechanism for the ‘pruzbul’ procedure in order to circumvent the issue of loan amnesty on the sabbatical year of shemita.
Transfer of Ownership
Audio | 1:17:24
Transfer of Ownership
Shemitah and Loan Amnesty, Lesson 3
In this class we analyze the power of rabbinical enactments as it relates to the pruzbul.
Redefining Theft
Audio | 1:13:52
Redefining Theft
Shemitah and Loan Amnesty, Lesson 4
Discover the Talmud’s unique approach in how to view the borrower’s obligation and mitzvah to repay a loan.
Is Pruzbul a Mitzvah?
Audio | 1:06:37
Is Pruzbul a Mitzvah?
Shemitah and Loan Amnesty, Lesson 5
In this class we uncover two ways to look at loan amnesty relating to shemittah, and then we examine the Rebbe’s fascinating approach to the enactment of pruzbul.
Parshah Thought: Behar
A five minute weekly Torah thought based on the teachings of Chassidut.
Weekly Story for Behar: To Truly Trust in G-d
Can you imagine going to sleep at night with nothing in your home or in your possession, yet sleeping soundly because you trust in Hashem? This is the mandate of the Mitzvah of Shemitah, to truly trust in Hashem that He will provide. This week’s dramatic true story from the streets of New York City highlights this idea in a remarkable way.
The Dynamics of Faith
Faith is not a last resort of desperation: it’s an inherent faculty whose muscle needs to be exercised. Explore the dynamics of our inner faith.
The Divine Origin of Torah
Audio | 1:02:04
The Divine Origin of Torah
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on why the Torah links Shemitah to Sinai
Rashi maps out when the different elements of Judaism were originally taught and the Rebbe derives from it a fascinating insight into how we practice Judaism.
Shabbos, Plus Shemittah
Audio | 40:36
Shabbos, Plus Shemittah
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on the words ‘Shabbos to Hashem’ by Shemittah
Shabbos is a weekly rest, while Shemittah is agricultural pause every seven years. Together, they teach us how a Jewish person should engage the world. Learning Likutei Sichos vol. 12, Behar (sicha 1)
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