Shmitah - The Sabbatical Year

"But in the seventh year shall be a Sabbath of rest unto the land, A Sabbath for the Lord: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard." 
Leviticus 25,4.

 

Shmitah - The Whats and Whys

Shmitah - The Whats and Whys

The Torah instructs the people of Israel to refrain from working the land during one year out of a cycle of seven, a year called the sabbatical year. Underlying the commandment of the sabbatical year are social and spiritual concepts.

Shmitah Directives for KKL-JNF

Shmitah Directives for KKL-JNF

Instructions to KKL-JNF in brief regarding tree planting and tending in the Shmitta year from the Chief Rabbi of Israel.
 

Shmitah in KKL-JNF Forests

Shmitah in KKL-JNF Forests

KKL-JNF keeps the commandment of the sabbatical year in all the lands it administers, in accordance with the instructions of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate.

KKL-JNF Plant Nurseries and Shmita

KKL-JNF Plant Nurseries and Shmita

How do KKL-JNF nurseries supply forests and public spaces in Israel with trees and plants, and how will they change during shmita?

Fruit of the Earth - a Shmitah Year Program

Fruit of the Earth - a Shmitah Year Program

Fruit of the Earth is a special educational program for the Israeli Sabbatical Year, created by the KKL-JNF Youth and Education Divison for schools and youth groups.

Be a Forester for a Day

Be a Forester for a Day

You may not be able to plant trees during Shmita, but you can still help take care of them in ways that ensure their survival and help prevent forest fires. Come and be a forester for a day!