Parshat Re’eh

Devarim 15:1-2, 7-10

Every seventh year you shall practice release of debts. This shall be the nature of the release: every
creditor shall release his authority over what he claims from his neighbor. He shall not force it from his
neighbor or his brother, for God’s Shmita has been proclaimed.

If there is a needy person among you, one of your brothers in any of your cities, in the land that the Lord
gives you, you shall not harden your heart or close your hand against your needy brother. Rather, you
shall open your hand to him, you shall lend him sufficiently for whatever he needs. Beware, that you may
harbor the thought, “the seventh year is approaching,” so that you are mean to your needy brother and
give him nothing. He will cry out to the Lord against you, and it will be your guilt. Give to him readily and
have no regrets when you do so, for in return, the Lord will bless you in all your efforts and all your