Divinity, Equity, and Sustainability

Moral and Theological Implications of the Shmitta Cycle

Rabbi Shuli Passow

What impact does the Shmitta year have on the way society functions? What is the connection between the various elements of Shmitta observance--God, the land, and other human beings? Through a close reading and analysis of biblical texts, we'll examine the spiritual, environmental, and ethical underpinnings of this mitzvah to discover the unique theology of the Seventh Year.

Recorded live at the Global Day of Jewish Learning, November 20, 2016. Rabbi Shuli Passow represented B'nai Jeshurun.