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Lot #    21482
Auction End Date    8/12/2008 1:10:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Certificate
Title (Hebrew)    úòåãä
Author    [Ms. - Shemittah]
City    Safed
Publication Date    1935
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1] p., 280:215 mm., ink on stationary, light age staining, Ashkenazic script, signed and stamped.
   Certificate of compliance with the laws of Shemittah, to a farmer in Miron, signed by five Sephardic rabbis from Safed. Shemittah (Hebrew: ùîéèä, literally "release"), also called the Sabbatical Year, is the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah for the Land of Israel, and still observed in contemporary Judaism. During Shemittah, the land is left to lay fallow and all agricultural activity—including plowing, planting, pruning and harvesting—is forbidden by Torah law. Other cultivation techniques—such as watering, fertilizing, weeding, spraying, trimming and mowing—may be performed as a preventative measure only, not to improve the growth of trees or plants. Additionally, any fruits which grow of their own accord are deemed hefker (ownerless) and may be picked by anyone. A variety of laws also apply to the sale, consumption and disposal of Shmita produce.
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Letters:    Checked
Kind of Judaica