Tu B'Shvat the whole year round –an environmental plan for the upcoming Shmita year

published on: 15-01-2014

The biblical Shmita year is characterized by the bond between the environment, society and spirituality.

Environment – the farmer of old let his land lie fallow and allowed it to renew and rehabilitate itself. But not only that. During the Shmita year, the farmer looked at the earth for maybe the first time in seven years, not as a resource to take advantage of, but rather as what it is. Earth.

Society – the produce of the fields was distributed in the community according to the needs of each individual. At the end of the year there was "debt Shmita" , which entailed annulment of debts.

The spiritual side – the Shmita year constituted a collective sabbatical year which was dedicated to one's family, community and learning Torah.

One way of converting these three ideas into modern reality within a framework, as I mentioned earlier, that connects the general public to the idea of Shmita, is via a declaration that this year will be the focal point of free cultural and experiential events, open to all sections of the population, that will take place in the natural local surroundings and in communal parks.

Our vision for Shmita year:Musical events in communal parks; learning-in-the park experiences; street festivals and events in nature spots in the city; national parks that, at least part of the time, would allow free entrance; environmental and experiential highlight days in the forest of the Jewish National Fund, aimed mainly at those who don't usually go out on nature trips.

These events will foster a love of nature and of the country throughout the population, will provide them with access to cultural and spiritual events and will invite us all to express gratitude for the good we have received and that has enabled us to live in our country.

We are working with many partners, including the Ministry of Environment, to achieve this goal. Please join usContact: