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Guide to Garden Maintenance on and Leading Up to Shmita


Unit 1

Why is it important to discuss why we keep Shemita?

Must the land rest on Shmita?


Unit 2

Tosefet Shviit are Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Yishmael talking about the same thing

What is Tosefet Shviit, and how does that affect whether transgressing it is punishable

Resolving the nature of Tosefet Shviit

Is there Tosefet Shviit at the end of Shmita as well?


Unit 3

Why can't we plant trees in the month before Shmita

Planting trees the month before Shmita Rambam's opinion

Can flowers and barren trees be planted right before Shmita

Preparing for Shmita - A Practical Guide

Plowing and Planting pre Shmita

Defining the Restrictions Pre Shmita

How does cancelation of תוספת שביעית inform us about why we learn Torah?


Unit 4

Did Eretz Israel lose its Kedusha

The significance of tribal representation in keeping Yovel

Do the Gmaras indicate if Shmita is De'Oraita

Rashi's academic reading of the Shmita Deoraita question

Does Rava agree that Shmita is Derabanan nowadays

Some Rishonim say we do not need to keep Shmita at all nowadays!

Does Ezra's swearing to keep Shmita affect out obligation?

Rambam's opinion is there Shmita nowadays

Beit Yosef and Kesef Mishne argue whether the Rambam says Shmita is De'Oraita nowadays

Is Shmita De'oraita, or many more options - an overview


Unit 5

Chazal's interesting expansion of prohibitions on Shmita

Where the Torah told Chazal to invent exapansions to the prohibitions of Shmita

Is any gardening that doesn't actively promote growth allowed on Shmita

Keeping plants alive is fundamentally part of Shmita, not opposed to it

Saving the fruit during Shmita

Keeping the garden nice during Shmita


Unit 6

Psik Reisha on Shmita

"Shinui" as it applies to Shmita

The subtle world of Pruning on Shmita

Plowing on and through Shmita!

Watering Plants on Shmita


Unit 7

How can we eat Shmita fruit if we are not allowed to pick it?

Rambam on Shmita: Pick Your Fair Share!

Rash on Shmita: We Will Turn a Blind Eye from Picking Be'Shinui

Rashi: We Won't Disqualify Your Fruit for Keeping It From Us


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