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News and updates about Shmitta

Care of potted plants during Shmitta

Care of potted plants during Shmitta

There is a difference between indoor houseplants and those on a balcony; the halakha for those in hi-rise apartments sans a Shabbat elevator

The vision of Shmitta in our times

The vision of Shmitta in our times

Rabbi Kook ztz”l explains that the effect Shabbat has on each individual, Shmitta has for all of Israel. There is a way to maximize that.

The Heter Mechira today

The Heter Mechira today

Despite Israel's flourishing economy, farmers cannot compete with growers who do not keep shmitta, thus for them it is a sha’at hadchak.

Does medicinal cannabis have "kedushat shviit"?

Does medicinal cannabis have "kedushat shviit"?

Is cannabis considered a spice and does it have the status of cattle fodder - for shmitta purposes?

Heter mechira: The ideal way to keep Shmitta

Heter mechira: The ideal way to keep Shmitta

Heter mechira fruits are preferable to those grown by non-Jewis. It fulfills the mitzvah of settling the Land by strengthening the farmers.

I love Shmitta

I love Shmitta

Good Shabbos, Eretz Yisrael!

Shmitta: A taste of the Days of Mashiach

Shmitta: A taste of the Days of Mashiach

Dvar Torah from Rel. Zionist yeshiva students: In Messianic times, the choice will not be between good or evil, but between good and better.

Listen, do you want to know a secret?

Listen, do you want to know a secret?

A Jewish farmer in Arkansas cannot keep the mitzvot of Shmitta because he is outside the Land of Israel. There is a Torah of Eretz Yisrael.

Observing the mitzvah of shmitta with Otzar Beit Din

Observing the mitzvah of shmitta today with Otzar Beit Din

How to keep the laws of shmitta in the coming year while helping Israeli agriculture.

Behar-Bechukotai: Life lessons from the Sabbatical Year

Behar-Bechukotai: Life lessons from the Sabbatical Year

We are custodians, not owners, of this world.

The obligation to immigrate to Israel

The obligation to immigrate to Israel

Once, living in Israel involved existential and economic danger, so it was not obligatory, but nowadays the mitzvah obligates every Jew.

Israeli 4 Species Farmers Threatened by Shmitta Ignorance

Israeli Four Species Farmers Under Threat

Ignorance of laws of sabbatical year means many Jews falsely believe they can't buy from Jewish farmers; damage could be irreversible.

Mishelet Israel Helps Save Israeli Farmers During Shmitta Year

Saving Israeli Farmers During Shmitta Year

Project in memory of soldier killed during the summer's Gaza war seeks to ease the financial burden on farmers during Sabbatical year.

Bill: Cancel Debts in Honor of Shmitta

Bill: Cancel Debts in Honor of Shmitta

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni's proposal to cancel debts for families owing less than 400,000 shekel passes Committee vote.

Turning Hamas Rockets into Fruit Trees

Turning Hamas Rockets into Fruit Trees

New project asks for help planting 100,000 fruit trees in response to 1,000 Hamas missiles by Jewish New Year for the Shemittah year.

How to Keep Shmitta - From ​Outside Israel

How to Keep Shmitta - From ​Outside Israel

As Shmitta approaches, Arutz Sheva interviews the founder of an organization that ha​s planted more fruit trees in ​Israel than any other.

Rabbinate Battles 'Phony' Unkosher Olive Oils

Rabbinate Battles 'Phony' Unkosher Olive Oils

The Chief Rabbinate issues warnings on specific brands of olive oil that consumers should avoid, for kashrut and other reasons.