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WHAT IS SHEMITTA?  

There are many agricultural mitzvos  in EretzYisroel which revolve around a seven-year cycle. The seventh year of this cycle is called Shemitta.  A year of Shabbos – rest for the land.  

During the Shemitta year, there is a prohibition to work the land which is left to rest and is treated with special status. Produce that grows during this year is considered hefker - ownerless. In addition, produce from the Shemitta  year attains an elevated status of sanctity, kedushasshevi’is,  which places additional restrictions on the way the produce is to be treated.  

At the end of the Shemitta  year, some debts are liable to be cancelled and it is customary to write a pruzbul  (see below) to avoid the need to annul debts

Click on the link below for resources 

federation.org.uk/Shemitta-Live

Click here for Live – Produce Status & Instructions

Click on the picture of the produce to check its current halachic status and instructions which are regularly updated

Produce with status A is free from Shemitta concern. Users should remember to Maaser. Click here for Federation’s MaaserText service.

Produce with statuses B, C & D are classified as Shemitta produce. Time of year and produce type will define how to treat the produce.

Some produce sold in the UK is more frequently produce of Eretz Yisroel; other types of produce will very rarely be supplied from Eretz Yisroel.

If you are aware of Israeli produce currently on sale in UK supermarkets, please let the Federation know by clicking here.

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