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When is Shmittah?

Shmittah follows a seven year cycle and is observed once in every seven years. The year begins on Rosh Hashanah, the 1st of the Jewish month...

How is Shmittah observed?

The Laws: The Biblical concept of Shmittah only applies to the Biblical land of Israel1. During the Shmittah year all farming is ceased. Following is...

What is Shmittah?

Shmittah is the original Sabbatical. The Torah1 tells us "for six years you shall plant your fields... but in the seventh year the land should have...

Are we lagging Behind on Green Issues?

As a boy of six I was walking to shul with my father one morning and I unthinkingly tore some leaves off the hedge we were passing. In disapproval my...

What is orlah?

A Jew may not derive any benefit from the produce of a fruit tree for the first three years after it is planted.1 This rule applies even outside of...

What gifts were given by the Israelites to the Kohanim and Levites?

“The Levitic Kohanim, the entire tribe of Levi, shall have no portion or inheritance with Israel… the L-rd is his inheritance.”1 The...

Is there a blessing recited when planting a fruit tree?

There is no blessing for planting trees. Generally, blessings are recited upon receiving pleasure from something. Planting a tree will bring you pleasure...

When will be the next Jubilee year?

 The Jubilee year was only celebrated when all the Jews dwelled in the Land of Israel. Even during the Second Temple Era the Jubilee was not observed...

What is Peah?

When harvesting a field or orchard one is obligated to leave over a corner of the field for the poor. According to the Torah there is no mandatory minimum...

What are bikurim?

A. “Bikurim” means “first ones.” It refers to the first seasonal fruits of one’s orchard, and is one of the mitzvahs in force...