What’s the Deal With The Shmita Year?

Shmita is about Creation (specifically), and creation (generally). Everything about how we implement the shmita year, about the practices we question or don’t understand, needs to root back to that theme. The shmita year isn’t about obsessively keeping yourself off the land. And it isn’t about letting the land die. It’s about the joy of rest (for you and the land alike) after six periods of hard work. It’s, at the very least, about treating the seventh period differently than the other six.

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Why the Darkness of Chanukah Matters

The miracle of Chanukah then is not just that the oil lasted long ago. It is also that our Creator is an alchemist of darkness, that the periods of our lives even today clouded by night and nothingness are the gardens in which He is playing, still.

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A Shmita Year (and a new blog)

Something like 0.2% of the world’s population is Jewish, so starting off with a term like shmita is a bit of a risk here. Most people have no idea what shmita means. And truthfully, at the start of this calendar year, I was one of them.

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