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Shemittah (Sabbatical Year): the seventh year in the seven-year agricultural cycle, when the land is left to lie fallow
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 commandme...
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.
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.
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.
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.
An interesting look at how various laws concerning the Sabbatical and Jubilee years affect economics.
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.
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)
Soul Boost for Parshat Behar
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.
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