About

The Shmita Project is a project of Hazon, created in partnership with 7Seeds and the Jewish Farm School, as a national educational/organizing platform to support Shmita awareness and application.

Specifically, the goals of the Shmita Project are to:

  • Create an entryway into exploring the primary sources, rich commentary, and history surrounding the integrative & holistic cultural tradition of Shmita.
  • Establish the understanding that Shmita exists within a cycle, with guiding values that can enrich society as a whole, in all years.
  • Translate Shmita into a modern context, by providing resources and tools to use in your own community, school, synagogue, and farm leading up to and during the Shmita year.
  • Connect a worldwide network of individuals and organizations interested in exploring the possibility of infusing all aspects of the Jewish community with the values and ideals found in the Shmita year.

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Putting Shmita Back On The Jewish Map

By Nigel Savage, President, Hazon Cycles of time are central to Jewish life, and they are amongst the most significant of our contributions to the world around us. The modern weekend of western tradition is simply the extension of the Sabbath from one day to two; without the Sabbath there would be no weekend. And without the Torah, and the Shabbat[...]

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Reimagining Shmita: Why Now?

Reimagining Shmita: Why Now?

by Yigal Deutscher Many of us, even if we are Jewishly knowledgeable, know less about Shmita than we do about other Jewish traditions. Today, Shmita does not define Jewishness like other popular rituals or time-based traditions, such as Shabbat, Yom Kippur, or Passover.  Within Jewish education and community, our teachers, parents and Rabbis do not necessarily bring up Shmita, and, when[...]

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Exploring Shmita Outside of Israel

Exploring Shmita Outside of Israel

by Yigal Deutscher Jewish culture arose and took shape primarily as a land-based tradition, directly linked to a particular piece of land. Many of the laws, rituals, and beliefs of Jewish faith are directly connected to the seasons, plants, and harvest cycles of the land of Israel.  So, over 2,000 years ago, when the Jewish peoplehood began to take shape and[...]

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From the Seventh Year To A Seven-Year Cycle

From the Seventh Year To A Seven-Year Cycle

by Yigal Deutscher Commonly translated as the ‘Sabbatical Year,’ Shmita literally means ‘release.’ Many may recall the year of Shmita as a time when agricultural lands were collectively left fallow. Yet, the Shmita year had a depth that reached into every aspect of society and culture. This was only an ‘agricultural’ year in the sense that it directly involved food and land, something which[...]