Posts tagged "shmita class"
By Yigal Deutscher
In the third and final mention of Shmita in the Torah (Devarim 15:1-11), the concept of Shmita expands to directly influence economic and monetary systems. Until now, the Shmita texts we encountered previously (in Shemot 23:1-11 & Vayikra 25:1-7) have been specifically in reference to land, agricultural practices, and harvests of produce. Here, with the text of Devarim, the picture and implications of the Shmita Year is complete: Along with the practices of leaving land fallow, opening private lands as commons, collectively sharing the harvest, we are also to synonymously forgive debts. Once the Seventh Year arrives, all loans which are outstanding are released and all debts are cancelled. Here are some thoughts to consider regarding this practice: