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  • 929 English on Parshat Behar

    Text, essays, videos, and audio relating to parshat Behar and shmita from our friends and partners at 929.

  • A Tale of Two Covenants

    (NeoHasid.org): Explore the connection between the covenant of Shmita and the covenant of the Rainbow, given to humanity when Noah and his family left the ark, after the flood waters receded. Both covenants frame sacred relationships between humans, animals, and earth.

  • Embracing the Shmita Cycle

    This is an article written by Yigal Deutscher for Tikkun magazine, visioning Shmita as a holistic cultural blueprint for creating resilient communities.

  • Genesis, the Shmita Covenant, and the Land Ethic

    (Neohasid.org): An exploration of early biblical texts, such as the creation story, the fall from Eden, and the flood as a way to understand the deeper meaning and eternal covenant of the Shmita tradition.

  • Jubilee, Human Rights and Ecology

    This essay by Rabbi David Seidenberg, first printed in Tikkun magazine in 2008, explores how the Jubilee and our connection to land, in particular, can help to reframe our human role in the ecology of life and our relationship to earth.

  • Judaism and Sustainability

    (Jewish Farm School): Foundational teachings of Judaism for the ethics and values of sustainability, as rooted in the creation story, the building of the Mishkan, and the paradigm of Shmita.

  • Judaism’s Next Great Gift To Human Kind

    Rabbi Micha Odenheimer calls attention to the potency and profound need of Shmita, and challenges us to begin exploring this vision however we can, as an offering to the world.

  • Move Our Money, Protect Our Planet

    (The Shalom Center): A call to action and resource guide to support individuals and communities moving their money away from economic institutions- banks and businesses- that do not support the Shmita values of local, mutually-supportive, and ecologically-healthy economies.

  • Parshat Behar

    Vayikra (Leviticus) 25:1-7, 18-21

  • Parshat Mishpatim

    Shemot (Exodus) 23:10-11