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Seven-Year Switch

Parshat Behar-Bechukotai (Leviticus 25:1-27:34)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/sevenyear_switch_20060519

The benefits of the seven-year cycle are immeasurable. First, the land recovers the trace minerals it needs without using ammonium-nitrate-based fertilizers, which endangers the aquatic ecosystems. Second, the social structure is corrected every seven years; the differences between the classes are eroded and a sense of unity and togetherness takes over. Lastly, the seventh year provides an opportunity to stop the insane race for provisions, power and glory. It allows people to reconnect to the precious gifts of their family and their inner self.

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