An Open Blessing on the Eve of the Shmita
  from Bronx
, New York

Dear Chloe, Avery, Leila, Mattie,

This Rosh Hashana marks the start of the Shmita year – the Shabbat for the land. Shmita is the oldest sustainability concept on the planet, and it is ours. During Shmita, the land is given a chance to rest. Nothing new is planted and what grows organically grows. Fences come down, and animals and people roam from field to field. What’s yours is mine and what’s mine is yours. Debts are excused and all people are given a chance to be on equal footing. Hashem asks us to have faith that there will be enough for us in the 7th year and in the 8th year as it will take time for things to grow.

We don’t live off the land like they did in ancient Israel, and we aren’t even required to pay attention to this sabbatical year. But we will pay attention…..