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The Shmittah

כ"ו אלול ה' אלפים תשס"ז

This Rosh Hashana will usher in a "Shmitta Year".

To those of us who do not live in Israel, or who have no intention of visitng Israel during the year 5768, the year will appear not to have a particular significance on account of Shmitta.

I suggest that the year should still carry a message for us.

In the Israel of old the Shmitta gave the people of an agricultural society an opportunity for "time out".

The farmer could put his faith in G-d to ensure that society would be blessed by the Almighty with all of their needs that come from the land. Primary producers could relax and shut out worries about frost, insects, storm and the other acts of nature that test the resolve of the man on the land.

Society was able to allow itself the luxury of pursuing more lofty aspirations. Land owners could experience the utopia of having their land deemed "hefker" (ownerless) to be shared by all of society.

The message for us is that during this year we should also take time out from the pressures of modern society, and concentrate on more lofty pursuits: a deeper concern for our fellow man, & reflection and introspection on our relationship with our Father in heaven.

Shana Tova

Moshe Trebish


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A very important message, especially for Am Isroel today, as some people may think that Shmitta Year only applied at the time of the Mikdash. Yasher Koach. Avrohom Yehoshua Hocohen Muchnik.

Posted by amuchnik@lowelippmann.com.au on 2007-09-10 01:28:43 GMT

Thank you for this. I want to let you know that it has been very rewarding working under your leadership for the last four months. Keep up the good work. I wish you a Ktivah V'Chatima Tovah

Posted by Ralph Zwier on 2007-09-09 23:55:13 GMT

Nice message Moshe. K'tiva V'Chatima Tova to you, your family, all COSV members V'Klal Yisrael

Posted by Harvey Bruce & Family on 2007-09-09 23:37:30 GMT

Amen, v'chen lemar.

Posted on 2007-09-09 20:31:04 GMT