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Sep 24, 2021, 5:22 PM
A Year of Morality
Two weeks ago, the Jewish world entered a shemitta (sabbatical) year. Felt more acutely in the Land of Israel, this year a variety of laws take effect limiting gardening, harvesting, and making any activity involving fruits and vegetables infinitely...
Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll
Sep 20, 2021, 2:27 PM
Under my lemon tree
In the holiday rush, bemoaning the days with no school and the many meals to cook, I pause and breathe deep, for nothing inspires me like the air of the Land of Israel in Tishrei
Sep 19, 2021, 4:41 PM
Shemitah: The redemption of ‘being’
I have been so busy pulling weeds and propping up new growth that it's taken a real shift in my mindset to accept the coming year of leaving the garden to nature
Sep 10, 2021, 11:33 PM
Men and Women Standing at Sinai
One of the last mitzvot in the Torah is that of Hakhel, the “gathering together.” On Sukkot following the Shemitah year--the year in which we find ourselves right now--the people would all come together so that, standing as one,...
Sep 5, 2021, 3:10 PM
This sabbatical year, the politicians are giving the land (dispute) a rest
By putting aside the deeply divisive question of final borders, the ‘Change Government’ is finding plenty of common ground
Sep 3, 2021, 10:42 AM
Shemitah, why it still matters, davka now
The soon coming upon us year 5772 will be a shemitah year. How do we know? Divide the number of years by 7. If there is no remainder, then it is a shemitah year. There is no doubt that the...
Sep 1, 2021, 10:26 AM
The shemitah year calls us to repair a broken food system
As industrialized nations produce more and more food each year, the earth itself is in peril, for true abundance requires rest
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Aug 23, 2021, 5:04 PM
The Confession of the Tithes
Biblically, Maasrot (tithes) are taken from crops according to a three year cycle. Every year, Maaser Rishon, the first tithe is given to the Levi. During the first and second years, Maaser Sheni, the second tithe is taken. Since...
Aug 11, 2021, 12:38 PM
Heroic Israeli Farmers are Preparing for Shmita
This week, I spent the day with Israeli farmers who were racing against the clock to prepare for the upcoming Sabbatical Year. When the Jewish new year of Rosh Hashana begins next month, we will be entering the seventh...
Aug 10, 2021, 12:15 PM
A New Year for the Animals — or a Requiem? The IPCC in Elul
The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) dropped its sixth report about how far we are into the climate crisis, on the very day of the New Year for the Animals, Rosh Hashanah LaBeheimah, on the first of the...