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Shabbat Ha’aretz

Rav Kook’s Introduction to Shabbat Ha’Aretz is the first-ever English translation of the introduction to a book on . . . read more or Go to resource

The Hazon Shmita Sourcebook

The Shmita Sourcebook is designed to encourage participants to think critically about the Shmita Cycle – its . . . read more or Go to resource

A Tale of Two Covenants

(NeoHasid.org): Explore the connection between the covenant of Shmita and the covenant of the Rainbow, given to . . . read more or Go to resource

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 . . . read more or Go to resource

Judaism and Sustainability

(Jewish Farm School): Foundational teachings of Judaism for the ethics and values of sustainability, as rooted in . . . read more or Go to resource

Move Our Money, Protect Our Planet

(The Shalom Center): A call to action and resource guide to support individuals and communities moving their money . . . read more or Go to resource

Shmita Foods Seder

A festive meal to honor and celebrate the food traditions of the Sabbatical Year read more or Go to resource

Shabbat as a Sanctuary in Time

An excerpt from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s beautiful, timeless poetic exploration of the gift of Shabbat. read more or Go to resource

Toward a Jubilee Economy & Ecology in the Modern World

This is a chapter from Rabbi Arthur Waskow’s book, Godwrestling: Round 2, published by Jewish Lights in 1986. read more or Go to resource

The Sabbatical Year: From the Practical to the Mystical

This essay offers an in-depth mystical reading of the Shmita Cycle from within the spiritual Torah perspective . . . read more or Go to resource

Shmita: A Paradigm For Funding

Published by E-Jewish Philanthropy, this article offers seven points for funders to consider in creating . . . read more or Go to resource

Scratching the Seven Year Itch

A personal reflection on the values of the Sabbatical concept from the Israeli ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub. read more or Go to resource

Shabbat, Shmita, and Rest

Rabbi Dani Passow offers a glimpse into the sacred practice of rest and how integral this is to a holistic . . . read more or Go to resource

Shmita: The Purpose of Sinai

by Rabbi David Seidenberg

This essay explores the possibility that perhaps the whole purpose of the Covenant at Sinai was to create a society . . . read more or Go to resource

Jubilee, Human Rights and Ecology

This essay by Rabbi David Seidenberg, first printed in Tikkun magazine in 2008, explores how the Jubilee and our . . . read more or Go to resource

Stop The Machine! The Sabbatical Year Principle

This short article by Rabbi Jeremy Benstein is a glimpse into a chapter about Shmita Rabbi Benstein has written in . . . read more or Go to resource

Re-Pacing and (Self) Renewal

This essay by Rabbi Jeremy Benstein is an exploration of the idea and concept of ‘sustainability’, deepening this . . . read more or Go to resource

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 . . . read more or Go to resource

Embracing the Shmita Cycle

This is an article written by Yigal Deutscher for Tikkun magazine, visioning Shmita as a holistic cultural . . . read more or Go to resource

Parshat Mishpatim

Shemot (Exodus) 23:10-11 read more or Go to resource

Parshat Behar

Vayikra (Leviticus) 25:1-7, 18-21 read more or Go to resource

Parshat Re’eh

Devarim 15:1-2, 7-10 read more or Go to resource

929 English on Parshat Behar

Text, essays, videos, and audio relating to parshat Behar and shmita from our friends and partners at 929. read more or Go to resource

Shmita Revolution: The Reclamation and Reinvention of the Sabbatical Year

Jewish observance of shmita (alternatively spelled shemitah)—the sabbatical year, or seventh (sheviit) year—is . . . read more or Go to resource

Let the Land Rest: Lessons from Shmita, the Sabbatical Year

Just as the Torah is a guidebook on mending the relationships between men and women, sibling and sibling, nation . . . read more or Go to resource

The Next Jubilee: A Vision for 2050

Theodor Herzl said that if you will it, it is no dream. What our Earth looks like in the next yovel, or jubilee, . . . read more or Go to resource

שיעורי שמיטה בבארי

שיעורי שמיטה בבארי read more or Go to resource

Preparing for a Year of Release: Shmita 5782

The Year of Release, or Shmita, is a practice rooted in Torah and halachically required only in the Land of Israel. . . . read more or Go to resource

Creatively Engaging with Shmita with Nigel Savage

Part of Shmita Project Northwest’s speaker series. Join Nigel Savage, founder and CEO of Hazon, for a creative and . . . read more or Go to resource

Understanding Yishuv ha-Olam, the command to sustain the world

Join Rabbis Avram Reisner and Nina Beth Cardin to learn about the most important mitzvah you never heard of: yishuv . . . read more or Go to resource

The Shemitah Year and the Social-Theological Vision of the Book of Devarim (Deuteronomy)

Rabbi Shai Held joined Shmita Project Northwest on 4/13/21 to discuss the Book of Devarim (Deuteronomy). Despite . . . read more or Go to resource

Understanding Shmita: a conceptual approach

by Shira Hecht-Koller, 929

This collection of sources was prepared to accompany a class that was part of the series Understanding Shmita, . . . read more or Go to resource

How to Observe Shmita

by M2: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education

This coming Jewish year is a shmita – a sabbatical year. Traditionally, shmita is a time to rest, reflect, and . . . read more or Go to resource

REFLECTIONS ON SHMITA AND MAY DAY

by Jewish Community Action

A reflection on shmita a frame for organizing labor read more or Go to resource

Covid-19 and Torah: Advice from the Sabbatical Year

by Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb

A reflection on shmita and COvid. Published on the eJewish Philanthropy Blog read more or Go to resource

Could the Ancient Jewish Practice of Shmita Be a New Tool for Sustainable Ag?

by Ethan Blake, Civil Eats

The practice of letting the land lie fallow after every six years of farming requires a complete reset in . . . read more or Go to resource

Stop Now! ‘Shmita’ and Climate Change

by Mirele Goldsmith

Shmita is the Torah’s prescription for environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Today, climate change . . . read more or Go to resource