PARASHAT BEHAR: Faith and giving

Why should we let the earth rest on the 7'th year?

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
May 3, 2018 23:01
3 minute read.
A FARMER harvests wheat in a field near Mevo Horon

A FARMER harvests wheat in a field near Mevo Horon. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

This week’s Torah portion, Behar, deals with one of the commandments relating to the Land of Israel – shmita, the sabbatical year.

Every seventh year, the farmers in the Land of Israel are to let their fields “rest”: “…the land shall rest a Sabbath to the Lord.”

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