Fallow ground: Local groups helps Israeli farmers survive the sabbatical year

“For six years you shall sow your land and gather its crops. And in the seventh you shall leave it untended and unharvested, and the destitute of your people shall eat, and the wildlife of the field shall eat what is left of them; so shall you do to your vineyard and your olive grove.”

This passage from Exodus 23 is one of several biblical references to the commandment of shmitah — releasing the farmland in the Land of Israel from planting and harvesting every seventh — or sabbatical — year.

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