An Introduction to Sabbath Agriculture

By Jorian Polis Schutz & Yigal Deutscher

This monograph explores the relationship of Sabbath and land in our ancient tradition as well as the current Shmita moment.

Written in clear, luminous prose, the work serves as an ode to this Shmita / Shabbat Ha’Aretz year and the Shabbat cycles ahead.

20 pages, soft cover;  book dimensions: 8.5″ x 6″

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To strive towards a Sabbath culture is to invite the abundance of Sabbath into each and every day, and into every Makom /place in which we dwell; it is to plant our fields and orchards for the sake of Sabbath, to tend the wild for the sake of Sabbath, to regenerate the web of life in harmony with the Sabbath, and to teach our children in the spirit of the Sabbath. This is how we may come to witness the Sabbath reaching forth from the sacred center — like tree roots stretching through the soil, like hydrating tributaries flowing from the source…

If we can approach this great call homeward humbly and with respect, then we can begin to recognize and celebrate these blessings. We can learn to hear the song of the land, and we can begin to sing it too. All animals, all plants, all parts of Creation sing the song of the land, and they are waiting for us to sing along. The song of Sabbath is the song of the land, when we come to love where we stand.

— Excerpt from An Introduction to Sabbath Agriculture

In the spirit of Shmita, we are glad to offer one free copy of “Introduction to Sabbath Agriculture” to representatives of synagogues and institutions. If you would like to receive a free copy on behalf of the organization you represent, please request below

Note From the Authors

How might the spirit of Shabbat shape us as cultivators in sacred relationship with the ecology of life? 

How might our spirited periods of rest – through the cycles of Shabbat – guide the work of our hands through the workdays, in holy service?

How might the beauty of Shabbat adorn the landscape just as it does our home and table?

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