Exodus 23:11
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11  but in the seventh you shall let it rest and lie fallow. Let the needy among your people eat of it, and what they leave let the wild beasts eat. You shall do the same with your vineyards and your olive groves.

v’-ha-sh’-vee-IT tish-m’-TE-nah un-tash-TAH v’-a-kh’-LU ev-yo-NAY a-ME-kha v’-yit-RAM to-KHAL kha-YAT ha-sa-DEH kayn ta-a-SEH l’-khar-m’-KHA l’-zay-TE-kha

יא  וְהַשְּׁבִיעִת תִּשְׁמְטֶנָּה וּנְטַשְׁתָּהּ וְאָכְלוּ אֶבְיֹנֵי עַמֶּךָ וְיִתְרָם תֹּאכַל חַיַּת הַשָּׂדֶה כֵּן־תַּעֲשֶׂה לְכַרְמְךָ לְזֵיתֶךָ׃

 23:11   In the seventh you shall let it rest and lie fallow

“This Field Observes the Sabbatical”

Every seventh year, all farms, fields, orchards and vineyards in Eretz Yisrael are left untended and unharvested. To this very day, the Sabbatical year is kept in Israel. The message of this unique commandment is similar to that of Shabbat. Just as we are commanded to keep Shabbat and cease our daily activities every seventh day, we are similarly to rest from working the fields every seventh year. Just as Shabbat reminds us that Hashem created the world (Exodus 20:10) and everything in it belongs to Him, the Sabbatical year reminds us that our economic success and all that we produce is in the hands of our Creator.

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  • Phyllis Pearson

    It's just logic really that the land needs to have it's day of rest as well, or a year in this case. It's been interesting to see that this year orchards are being re planted in Israel. I recall my late father using a similar plan for his garden. His hand written plans showed the areas that were to be left unplanted. In his case he rotated the areas each year.
    It is interesting also the laws about returning animals to their owners when found straying, laws which could be used today to benefit all. I don't remember reading this before.

Exodus 23:11

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