Introduction

Introduction-The Torah verses:

The Torah[1] commands us that every seventh year one must sanctify the year as Shemitah. The Shemitah year entails a number of laws and regulations that relate to one’s land, ground produce, and loans. One is commanded to rest the land.[2] One may not sow the field or prune the vineyards.[3] One may not harvest the land regularly.[4] The food is to be distributed equally to all, including animals.[5] It is to be completely disowned for all to partake in.[6] If these laws are guarded Hashem promises that the land will produce three years worth of produce in the 6th year.[7] The lack of properly keeping the Shemitah laws is severely punished with exile from the land.[8] One is also commanded in the Shemitah year to annul all loans that he is owed by other Jews.[9]


[1] Shemos 23/10-11; 34/21; Vayikra 25/1-7; 26/33-35; Re’e 15:2

[2] Vayikra 25/2 and 4

[3] Vayikra 25/4

[4] Vayikra 25/5

[5] Vayikra 25/6-7

[6] Shemos 23/11

[7] Vayikra 25/20-21

[8] Vayikra 26/33-34

[9] Re’e 15:2

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