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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Why Is This Coming Shmita Different From All Other Shmitas?

Shmita - the laws of how the Land of Israel is to be allowed to rest from it's cycle of productivity - is the subject of tonight's "Sunday Night Live" Show. Rabbi Yitzchak Goldstein of the Diaspora Yeshiva / Mt. Zion gives a fascinating interview on the subject of "Why is this Shmita different from all other Shmitas?" 8pm Jerusalem time tonight. Hint - by the time the next Shmita cycle (which begins three Rosh HaShanahs from now) comes, the majority of Jews in the world will (probably, according to demographers, b'ezrat HaShem), be living in Eretz Yisrael. That's the game-changer with eternal consequences - and something we must make a national decision about NOW, before the 6th year of the Shmita cycle, so we can guarantee a bumper crop and have the resources to carry us through the Torah-mandated Shmita year (the 7th year of the cycle). Complicated? Maybe. Important? Well, consider this - it was because the Jewish People DIDN'T keep Shmita properly that they had to spend 70 years in Babylon. So it's not just a tangential subject - it has immense national and spiritual implications for the Jewish People, and the world at large. Listen to Rabbi Yitzchak Goldstein at 8pm tonight on Radio Free Nachlaot and find out more!