3500 ISRAELI FARMERS are Keeping Shmitah for Am Yisrael THEY NEED OUR HELP The 8th Year Is Harder Than The 7th Shimon Chazut, Moshav Gimzu The Struggle of Shmitah Continues GET INVOLVED
Bring an Israeli farmer to your community
Visit shmitah-observant farms in Israel.
Plan a Shabbat Shmitah in your shul
Shmitah mini-curriculum for day schools
Bar/Bat Mitzvah projects
Shmitah is not just for farmers
It is a collective mitzvah for the entire Jewish people
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,את אותה הפעולה שהשבת פועלת על כל יחיד
פועלת היא השמיטה על האומה בכללה
The same impact that Shabbat has on the
individual, Shmitah has on the entire nation.
Rav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook THE SHMITAH FUND RABBINIC SUPPORT

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or 2,000 years the Jewish people dreamed and prayed to return to Tzion, to cultivate the land and have the privilege of fulfilling mitzvot hat’luyot ba’Aretz – the special Commandments of Eretz Yisrael.

Today, only 2% of Israel’s workforce are farmers, but the mitzvah of shmitah is not just for those on the Moshavim and Kibbutzim. It is a collective mitzvah for all Jews, whether living in Israel or around the world.

Just as we would never transgress the sanctity of Shabbat, so we are obligated to uphold the integrity of Shabbat Ha’Aretz. In the Diaspora, this goes beyond avoiding certain produce.

The Shmitah Fund provides opportunities to partner with the courageous farmers who shoulder the burden of this important mitzvah on behalf of the entire Jewish people. We owe them our support so they can make it through the cycle and begin anew, with G-d’s help, to bring forth the bounty of Eretz Yisrael and feed the Jewish nation.

Now, as many farmers reinvest in cultivating the sacred soil of Eretz Yisrael, they need our help to get back on their feet. Meanwhile, for other farmers shmitah remains in effect until spring 2016, the prospect of revenue to meet their payments and feed their families still a distant dream. Please consider helping these humble but valiant families, the vanguard of Religious Zionism today, who sacrifice their very livelihood so that all Israel may prosper.