Shevat and the Land of Israel 5779

Now that we are in the month of Shevat I would like to continue my theme of the laws of the land of Israel.  The seventh year of the agricultural cycle, is known as Shmittah, the Sabbatical year. In Israel, no new crops are planted and only maintenance work is done on crops and trees that already exist. Farmers may not sell their produce or prevent people (or animals) from ...

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The Shechinah Is Here

I just returned to the USA from a wonderful visit to Israel.  Of course, one of the first places I visited was the Western Wall, the Kotel.  The Sages inform us the Divine Presence never left the Western Wall.  The Hebrew word for  “Divine Presence”  is Shechinah  Although in reality, God permeates all of time and space equally, we are not able to perceive His presence equally in all times ...

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Remembering the Exodus

Generally, we classify the commandments of the Torah into commandments that pertain to our relationship with G-d and commandments that pertain to our relationship with other people. There are some who had a third category, the commandments that govern the relationship between body and soul, in other relationship with the self. Generally, when we think about the commandment to remember the Exodus, we usually define it as being a a mitzvah ...

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