The Baal Shem Tov, or Besht —  the founder of Chasidism — 
met the soul of the Messiah during an ascent to heaven. 
The Besht asked him, "When will the Master come?" 
The Messiah answered, "When your wellsprings break forth to the outside!" 
(from a letter written by the Besht to his brother-in-law about one of his soul ascents) 


Genesis-Shmitah Covenant

Rosh Hashanah 2021 is the next Shmitah/Sabbatical year, when the Torah commands us to let the land rest, to share all the food, and to open our fences to the wild animals. It's never too soon to get ready by learning more about Shmitah. Here are some resources for study. The connection between Shmitah and Sinai also makes these good resources to study on Shavuot.

Read Shmitah: The Purpose of Sinai.

Download Genesis-Shmitah text study sheets:

"Genesis, Covenant, Jubilee and the Land Ethic" – 4 pages of Torah texts with commentary, plus study guide

"Genesis, Covenant, Jubilee and the Land Ethic" – abridged version with 2 pages of Torah texts"

"The Land Ethic" – study Aldo Leopold's masterpiece of environmental visioning

You can also get the study texts from:

Here are some other articles by R' David Seidenberg on Shmitah:

"Walk With Me": What Do the Curses in Leviticus 26 Mean for Us Today? (Huffpost)

The Taste of Shmita (Hazon)

Human Rights and Ecology (Tikkun)

And here is where you can find lots more resources about Shmitah on


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