Our ancestors were closely tied to their lands and the Biblical laws of Shmita had a tangible impact on their lives. Throughout the Torah, we learn that if we care for the land, we can enjoy its bounty. If we push it beyond its limits, we will face consequences. Just as we need time to sleep and to rest, so too does the earth. As we more frequently experience the effects of climate change, the need to let our lands rest and recover feels more important than ever.
Consider ways you can reduce your impact on the environment so that in seven years, our earth will be healthier. Be intentional as you consider which practices you will adopt. Will you eat less meat? Contact your elected officials each month? Commit to using less plastic? Buy fewer new things? Invest in renewable energy? Together, we can slow climate change and celebrate shmita again in seven years.
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