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  • Letters to the editor: Young Americans in Israel, embracing our elders and shmita

    39 minutes ago

    Young Yisra’el?

    I recently read Rob Eshman’s article about the younger generation and their views of Israel in light of the summer’s violent events (“Young Americans and Israel,” Sept. 5). I applaud the Journal’s courage in presenting the fact that there is a range of views...

  • A new look in Israel for Shmita, the year of rest

    By  Orit Arfa

    1 week ago

    More than 2,000 years ago, when ancient Israel was an agrarian society, the shmita year was a huge national happening. Commencing with Rosh Hashanah, the people of Israel would gather in the fields to partake of the produce left “ownerless” by farmers who, heeding the biblical...

  • Understanding Shmita, Israel’s agricultural Shabbat

    3 weeks ago

    When Rosh Hashanah comes later this month, Israel’s Jewish farmers won’t just be celebrating the start of a new year. They’ll be marking a year in which they are prohibited from doing their jobs.

    Called Shmita, the Torah-mandated, yearlong farming hiatus is felt across Israel,...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In Parshat Behar the Israelites are taught about shmita (sabbatical). Every seven years, the Jews in Israel must not farm their land so that the soil may take

    a rest. So, what does this have to do with

     

    Mother's Day falls on May 9 and is like a once-a-year sabbatical for mothers. It is her day to rest, to not have to cook, shop or work. So give your Mom a nice Mother's Day this year. She'll appreciate that breakfast in bed so much, and will be able to return to working and caring for you with renewed energy!

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