Non-Farmers Can Also Fulfill the Mitzvah of Shmita

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Many people believe that only farmers who cultivate land can fulfill the mitzvah of Shmita. With the haskamos of Gedolei Yisrael, Agudas Shmita has made the mitzvah accessible to everyone.

Yes, we know you’re not a farmer. But you can keep the mitzvah of Shmita!

People have always believed that only farmers cultivating the land in the sixth year can fulfill the mitzvah of Shmita in the seventh year.

This is not true! For most of Am Yisroel, Shmita has not been affordable or accessible. Under the haskamos of Gedolei Yisrael, Agudas Shmita has completely changed that.

How can I be zoche to observe the mitzvah of Shmita?

  • You join and appoint us to acquire a unit of farm land on your behalf.
  • We register the unit of land in your name in tabo
  • We declare the land hefker in the beginning of shmita
  • You are zoche to observe this unique mitzvah and the incredible segula of shmita!

Only farmers who work on agricultural land during the 6th year, can be mekayem the mitzva of shmita in the 7th year.

The average Jew cannot become a farmer for the two years required to give him full schar for the mitzva. Agudas Shmita has the ultimate, most halachically mehudar solution!

Ownership is attained via a trustee – a shliach, a representative who completely fulfills the mitzva and thus enables you to be zoche to its infinite blessing.

In order to merit this unique opportunity, b’hiddur, most poskim hold that one must privately own a piece of land in Eretz Yisroel, and have it formally registered in his name in the Israeli Tabo, rather than temporarily lease it.

How It Works

Begin by registering and appointing Agudas Shmita as your Halachic shaliach (messenger) and legal trustee, so that the land you purchase is done so exactly according to what the mitzvah requires in order to be properly fulfilled. After joining, you will receive both a trust agreement and trust notice to officially complete your purchase.

Register with Israel’s Land Registry Bureau (tabo). In order to properly and fully observe the mitzvah of Shmita, the units of land you purchased will be legally registered in your name through Israel’s Land Registry Bureau (tabo) in the year before Shmita. Information regarding your unit will be included in the official certificate authenticating the purchase. We will mail it to you, along with the address and directions to your unit and its location in the field.

Immediately after joining in this holy mitzvah, you are eligible to receive Hashem’s promise in the Torah – “and I will decree my blessing,” which is promised specifically to landowners in the sixth year before Shmita who intend to let it lie fallow for the seventh.

Beyond purchasing the land, Agudas Shmita takes care of everything from start-to-finish in order to ensure that you properly fulfill the mitzvah of Shmita. In the sixth year, farmers cultivate the land in order to fulfill the passuk: “In the Seventh Year, It Will be Abandoned.” Agudas Shmita also consults with the esteemed Rabbi Shmuel Eliezer Stern, shlita, for all Halachic inquiries, so that everything is done with the utmost Halachic stringency. Additionally, Agudas Shmita provides full legal accompaniment and meticulously mapped out units of land according to the Halachic definition of on ama (unit of measurement).

Prior to the Shmita year, all work on the purchased farm land is prepared to cease so that it will lay fallow for the year of Shmita. Our representatives will open the gates of the field as soon as the Shmita year begins, and hang a sign indicating that it is now hefker (rendered ownerless).

“And the land rested in [the seventh year] for Hashem”. We are privileged and honored to finally have the opportunity to observe the mitzvah of Shmita for an entire year, together with the greatest Rabbis of our generation.

Shmita is almost upon us… will this Shmita find you among the fortunate shomrei shmita? This is your opportunity to fulfill the mitzvas aseh of והשביעי תשמטנה ונטשתה and ושבתה הארץ שבת לה’, and to be zoche to all the brachos that come along the way!

Click here for more information and to purchase your unit of Shmita-ready farm land.

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