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

This past Rosh Hashanah was the beginning of a 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. Learn more about Shmitah for Shavuot (or anytime).

Read Shmitah: The Purpose of Sinai.

Download Genesis-Shmitah text study sheets:

"Genesis, Covenant, Jubilee and the Land Ethic -- Torah texts with commentary and study guide"

"Genesis, Covenant, Jubilee and the Land Ethic -- Torah texts, abridged"

"The Land Ethic" -- Study Aldo Leopold's masterpiece of environmental visioning

You can also get the study texts from:

Here is another article by R' David Seidenberg on Shmitah in the Huffington Post:

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

And here is where you can find lots more resources on

Chag Sameach!

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