Prof. Ruchama Weiss - Shared screen with speaker view
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so, the example with strawberries not being in the market, connected to shmita. I guess I thought that one of the concepts of shmita would be that each of us would then NOT eat strawberries, for example. teaching your daughter about the concept, rather than figuring out where to secure the strawberries.
Is there a second slide?
About what you are saying now?
Not buying any new clothes for myself this year - modeling a year in which there are fewer dollars in circulation as there would be in a Shmita year.
Rabbi Tamar Malino
trying to eat more local produce
Building a little free food pantry in front of our synagogue - and declaring its contents hekfer, trying to teach people about shmiat through it.
is there an application for more psychologic "release" of attitudes, emotions, issues that affect your life
….. Pam - take a look at some of the work on Emotional Freedom Techniques, or tapping.
Sorry Pam - you wanted Prof. Weiss to opine on that.
What about vegetables that re-seed themselves. For instance, strawberries do not need much cultivation. couldn't they keep growing through Shmita?
Didn't Indigenous people live like this all the time?
thank you Professor! have been following Jews of Color and their take on shmita and antiracism is one of the approaches to the shmita year
please advance the slide.
A year for the earth is very much like a day for a human being - the seasons are like the times of the day
It also sounds like if your servant has no way to care for themselves, you are to keep them in your household, but not as a slave, as a bound servant. In other words, abandon the land, but not people.
It sounds like a different conception of loans as well; the idea that if someone is in need, you give to them what they need. If they can pay you back, great, but if not, after 7 years, you stop asking.
Ron Johnson would disagree.
Don't modern debts disappear from our credit ratings after some number of years, maybe seven?
We expand the definition of “kinsmen”.
But people are allowed to pay back the debt if they can - so that is also part of kinship, no? This would only free people who really could not pay
In modern day, this might include your employees,
Does this teach us some lessons for why programs like the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program are so important - that when we give back to our “kinsmen” in the broader sense this deserves debt forgiveness?
maybe financial shmat is suspension of payments, not release. No catch up following year. Continue as if shmat year skipped, payments not collected nor tallied?
Recommend: The Iranian film, A Hero, about debt and remittance.
Is the concept of interest discussed?
forgiving student loans
Building trust…within the family, the community, the nation.
2020 COVID year, rent tallied but collected, while landlords still made their loan payments, not fair
Thank you for the great presentation!
My hope is that we learn habits during shmita that we can maintain in the future. Thank you Professor, and thank you, Rabbi, for inviting Bellingham.