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Shmita: The Redemption of “Being”

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The stay-at-home days of covid created a flurry of activity for many of us as projects long postponed by the routine of work came to life. For me, it was my garden. Over the course of a year and a half, I managed to transform a hardened patch of dirt into a vibrant, colorful oasis. A lot of work was involved. Stones had to be transported by the trunkful to build terraces, pathways, and flower beds. Holes had to be dug, irrigation pipes laid, trees, bushes, and flowers planted, and mistakes had to be redone. After the garden was built, it took constant work to maintain, to shape it and keep it organized. Pruning, weeding, staking… it was a labor of love, though a seemingly never-ending one.

Then I realized that a year of shmita was about to begin.

Along with that realization came the discovery of anxiety, panic, of not being productive enough, and the drive to constantly work and make it better. I must finish everything before shmita! What will happen to my garden if I cannot actively care for it? I dreaded the thought of seeing all of my hard work go to waste, my beautiful, orderly garden devolving into a wild, deadened chaotic mess.


© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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