The Sabbatical Year: A Discussion for the Diaspora

5768 is a Shemittah (Sabbatical) year in the Land of Israel…could that affect Diaspora Jews? Indeed, yes! Tune in to a thorough presentation of Shemittah issues by Rabbi Moshe Elefant, Executive Rabbinic Coordinator and COO of OU Kashruth. Are there red-flags for Diaspora Jews? What is the Hetter Mechira? What does ownership of the land have to do with Shemittah? What do we do if we end up with fruit that bears the sanctity of Shemittah? Is growing botanicals in a hot house sufficient to obviate Shemittah concerns? Rabbi Elefant elucidates these issues with the clarity that has made his OU Daf Yomi so popular. If you have questions or comments for Rabbi Elefant please send them to:

This seminar was recorded live on February 2, 2008, at Congregation Talmud Torah of Flatbush in New York City. It was sponsored by Keren Hashviis.

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