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Lyrics: Shemittah we observe Hashem we all serve Work on the land stops Nothing taken from the crops Chorus: Hashem’s world, Hashem’s land Shabbos does proclaim Hashem’s world, Hashem’s land Shemittah does the same What do we eat in the seventh year? For ...
An overview of the weekly Parsha, through the eyes of the many commentators, enriching your understanding of how our great history unfolded.
“Six years you shall sow your field... and harvest your crops, but the seventh year shall be a Sabbath of strict rest for the land, you must not sow your field...” -Behar 25:1ff. “If you wonder, ‘What will we eat in the seventh year...?’ I shall command M...
In the Sidra of Behar, instructions are given about the observance of two special kinds of sanctified year—the seventh year (Shemittah or “release”) when the land was rested and lay fallow; and the fiftieth year (Yovel or “Jubilee”) when the Hebrew slaves...
This Torah reading begins by describing the mitzvah of the Sabbatical year. Just as every week, we rest on the seventh day, in the land of Israel, every seventh year, the land is left to lie fallow. This pattern is also reflected in the pattern of history...
Our parshah tells us about Shemittah : “For six years, you may plant your fields, prune your vineyards, and harvest your crops, but the seventh year is a Shabbos . . . for the land.” In Eretz Yisrael, this means a lot more than just checking the label on ...
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Adapted fromLikkutei Sichos, Vol. I, p. 276ff;Vol. XXII, p. 159ff The Inner Message of Our Sages’ Debate We find the following difference of opinion recorded by the Talmud:Sotah 5a. Rav Chiyya bar Ashi states in the name of Rav: “A Torah scholar should ha...
The Cost of Lending at Interest This week's Torah reading includes the prohibition against giving or taking interest.Both the lender and the borrower are liable, as reflected in Devarim 23:20. See Shulchan Aruch HaRav, Hilchos Ribis. The passage concludes...
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