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Sabbatical and Jubilee Cycles

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Mundanity, holiness and beyond—a study of the spiritual significance of the Shemittah and Jubilee cycles.
Faith is measured by actions, as is demonstrated by the Shemittah year—and the weekly Shabbat.
What is the greater wonder—G‑d’s ability to perform miracles, or our ability to trust in them?
We can talk at great length about our faith in G‑d and our trust in His absolute wisdom, goodness and beneficence. But do we put our money where our mouths are?
We are forever asking: What is the reason? What is the meaning? We ask this question of all commandments and all occurrences, even those we supposedly understand . . .
What is Judaism’s economic system? Is there one? In promoting free enterprise, the Torah is clearly capitalistic. But it is a conditional capitalism, and certainly a compassionate capitalism.
It was in 1950, after we had completed our army service. At first we lived in tents, in the middle of a barren wilderness. At that time, there were not yet water pipes reaching our moshav. We had to content ourselves with what could be grown in dry, rugge...
The Yovel (Jubilee) year took place every 50 years. The fields were left fallow, slaves were freed, and land was returned.
For me, ALS has not been so draining because I really can’t do much . . .
What makes Judaism distinctive is its commitment to both freedom and equality, while at the same time recognizing the tension between them.
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