Omer Learning: Day 2: About Shemitah

The Count

Tonight we count the following day of the Omer:

Today is 2 days of the Omer

See: The blessings and procedure for counting the Omer.

Today’s Learning

The topic of today’s learning is About Shemitah. It was contributed by OmerBot.

Shemitah can be more than an obscure Torah Mitzvah. During the Omer Learning we’re looking to Shemitah as inspiration for making our communties a better place to live. This article captures the concept well:

“”The Shmita year challenges us to reflect on our relationship to land, money and work.

This Rosh Hashanah marks a special moment in the flow of Jewish time, as we welcome in the Shmita year, the final year in a cycle of seven. A biblical tradition rooted in the land of Israel, Shmita is a year of “release” in which land is left fallow, debts are forgiven and other agricultural and economic adjustments are made to ensure an equitable, just and healthy society. Essentially, farmers don’t farm, debts are erased, all privately owned land becomes commons. And for one year, social hierarchies are flattened.””

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