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Tomorrow is Tu B’shvat!
Farmers who are keeping Shmitta need your help.
Partner with them during Shmitta
Share in the Mitzvah and Brocha!
Hashem promises to Bless those who help keep Shmitta:
“I will Ordain my Blessing for you” וְצִוִּ֤יתִי אֶת־בִּרְכָתִי֙ לָכֶ֔ם
(Vayikra 25:21 ויקרא)
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Frequently asked questions.
Q: What can be done on Tu B’Shvat during Shmitta?
A: The Torah says
(ושְֵׁשׁ שָׁניִם תִּזרְַע אֶת אַרְצֶךָ, ואְָסַפְתָּ אֶת תְּבוּ אָתָהּ. והְשַּׁבְיִעתִ תִּשְׁמְטֶנּהָ וּנטְַשְׁתָּהּ… (שמות כ”ג, י
“You may plant your land for 6 years and gather its crops. But during the 7th year, you must leave it alone and withdraw from it…” (Shmos 23:10)
Although the farmers can not sell their produce, prune or plant new trees during Shmitta, they can do certain things to prepare for their planting, such as; buying and installing fences, purchasing irrigation systems for watering the trees, planning mapping and marking off locations, etc.
Q: What’s the big deal of Shmitta these days?
A: The Torah says in Vayikra: “וצויתי את ברכתי לכם” “I will ordain my Blessing for you” which is an AMAZING PROMISE from Hashem, that he will Command or Ordain his Blessing on those who help keep Shmitta.
PLUS Harav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita, said the following on Erev Yom Kippur 5774
“בשביעית נגאלין .” “We will be redeemed in the merit of Shmitta
Q: What’s did Chazal (the Sages) say about Fruit Trees in Eretz Yisroel?
A: Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakai:
“If you find out that Moshiach has arrived while you are holding a fruit tree to plant in Eretz Yisroel, plant the tree first and only THEN can you come and greet the Moshiach.”
Q: Did more recent Gedolim have anything to say about Fruit Trees?
A: The Vilna Gaon sent some talmidim to Eretz Yisroel in the 1800’s and told them. “If only Hashem would grant me the Zechus (Merit) to plant a FRUIT tree in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), I can fulfill the Mitzva and Pasuk “When you come to the land plant FRUIT trees”
וְכִי תָבֹאוּ אֶל הָאָרֶץ וּנְטַעְתֶּם כָּל עֵץ מַאֲכָל (ויקרא יט)”
Q: Does any Rabbi or posek today say I can keep Shmitta from outside Israel?
A. Here is an excerpt translated from a legal psak halacha written by HaRav Hagaon Yaakov Ariel shlita , leading Posek on the Mitzvos of Agriculture in the Holy Land, author of dozens Halachic Seforim (books) on this subject, former Rav of Ramat Gan and Rosh (directing head of) Machon Torah VeHa’aretz.
“…it is appropriate that everyone in the world partner with a farmer in Israel to fulfill the mitzvah of Shmittah, and through this partnership HE KEEPS THE MITZVAH AS WELL because the land belongs to us all… I therefore bless the efforts of Zo Artzeinu’s Sh’mittah Campaign”
Therefore… use this opportunity to do a wonderful thing and partner with a farmer in the opportunity and mitzvah of Shmitta in a real and significant way and Share in the Mitzva and Brocha.
Let’s keep Shmitta TOGETHER!
Next opportunity is in 7 years!