The Hazon Shmita Sourcebook 3rd Edition – Hardcopy and PDF

Completely redesigned with the user experience in mind, many additional sources, and more thorough commentary and explanations; the updated Shmita Sourcebook is designed to encourage readers to think critically about Shmita, its values, challenges, and opportunities, and how we might apply the Shmita tradition in a modern context to support building healthier and more sustainable Jewish communities today. The updated Sourcebook draws on a range of texts from within Jewish tradition, tracing the development and evolution of Shmita from biblical, rabbinic, historical, and contemporary perspectives. This comprehensive, accessible sourcebook is well-suited for individual, partnered, and group study, with guiding text and discussion questions to enhance your learning, regardless of educational background. The Hazon Shmita Sourcebook offers a holistic understanding of Shmita, from the depth of Jewish tradition to the most pressing issues of our time.

The Mindful Shmita Workbook

In this Mindful Shmita Workbook from The Tasman Center, we’ll offer seven prompts for reflection and practice. We hope this will be a way to savor, celebrate, and mark this Shmita year. The prompts can be responded to all at once during Elul, in preparation for the new year, during Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, or answered throughout the Shmita Year. There will be options for virtual connection with participants around the world and supplemental offerings over the course of the year as well.

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When ‘work’ becomes unhealthy

A reflection on shmita, work, and mental health that appeared in eJewishPhilanthropy

How to Observe Shmita

This coming Jewish year is a shmita – a sabbatical year. Traditionally, shmita is a time to rest, reflect, and recharge. At M², we have made a logistically complex and absolutely necessary decision to observe the month of Tishrei as a shmita month. HERE’S OUR GUIDE FOR HOW TO OBSERVE A SHMITA OF YOUR OWN.

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.

Re-Pacing and (Self) Renewal

This essay by Jeremy Benstein is an exploration of the idea and concept of ‘sustainability’, deepening this worldview by linking it with cycles of time, cycles of renewal, and Shmita.

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