The Parasha of Behar contains the genius of Shemita—the Sabbatical Year. We allow the land to rest and remain fallow for a year to allow it to regenerate and rejuvenate. Just as we need a Sabbath, so does the land. Some say that this Mitzvah is also evidence of the divine origin of the Torah. After all, why not simply allow 1/7 of your fields to lie fallow each year in a form of field or crop rotation? That would be the most rational and logical approach. Instead, the Shemita year requires there to be complete faith, so much faith that the farmer does not even plant the fields, but knows that there will be sufficient quantities in store. No mortal would write such a mitzvah and risk responsibility for that.
This Shabbat we learn with Melissa Ser. We hope you can make it. 9:45 a.m. Come as you are and stay as long as you like.