Shmitah Year - Fruit of the Land

During a fallow year, which occurs once in every seven years, we are commanded to allow the earth to rest. Farmers must not work the land and any remaining agricultural produce is left for all human beings and animals to enjoy. Contemplation of the fallow year injunction, a religious commandment that combines basic social values with environmental awareness, offers the Jewish People and the educational community an opportunity for more extensive discussion of the development v conservation balance, issues relating to social justice and ecology, and respect for others, the common good, ecological systems and the environment as a whole.

Fruit of the Earth - Shmita Year Program

Fruit of the Earth - Shmita Year Program

"And in the seventh year, the land shall have a sabbatical year..."

Man and the Land - Shmita Lesson Plans

Man and the Land - Shmita Lesson Plans

Five class/youth group activities on the significance of the shmita (fallow) year.

 

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A Slideshow on the Shimta (Fallow) Year

A Slideshow on the Shimta (Fallow) Year

An interactive presentation that introduces the commandment to observe the fallow year and includes quotations and sources relating to it. Available in English, French and Spanish.
 

 

Special thanks are due to Einat Kramer of the Jewish Nature organization, whose website will provide you with a wealth of varied material on the issue of the fallow year.
 
* The use of the Shmita slideshow in all languages is intended for private, family and educational activities, and is not permitted for commercial use.
 
* This service is licensed by Akum