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Insights for the Shmita Year

May 26, 2021 - Jun 9, 2021

Wednesdays: May 26th, June 2nd & 9th | 12-1pm EDT

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In this 3-part series, Jeremy Benstein and Shira Hecht-Koller from 929 and Shamu Sadeh of Hazon discuss how Jewish tradition frames the human relationship with the natural world, using texts from the Hebrew Bible and rabbinic stories.

Why learn about shmita? The next shmita (sabbatical) year starts this coming Rosh Hashana on September 6, 2021. Traditional teachings about shmita shed light on a significant range of contemporary issues, including rest and work, relationship to land, relationship to community, relationship to debt and debt relief, definitions of community, inequality, and the issue of consumption itself. We believe that raising awareness about shmita deepens our understanding of Jewish tradition, and helps us think through critical issues in the world today. We hope you join us to learn more about his profound tradition.