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Shmita Eco Challenge

Shmita Environmental Challenge

The Shmita Environmental Challenge is designed to celebrate the Shmita year and go along with several events. The Challenge will allow PSJC members to mark the sabbatical year at home by adopting new environmental measures and challenges each Hebrew month.

Each month will have a theme (Water, Food, Garbage, Stuff, Plastic) and possible changes (or challenges), such as turning off the faucet when washing hands, not drinking bottled water, not washing dishes under running water, or only boiling what one needs for tea or coffee, will be listed.  Anyone can adopt these challenges, forego them, or come up with their own. With a generous contribution and board approval, PSJC has switched to ConEd Solutions for our electrical source.

We’ll have discuss our progress on our Facebook page, and with gratitude to the UJA - Federation of New York Jewish Social Action month grant, we will sponsor some events such as an “eco-crafting night,” a talk, a swap-meet, a repair day and others.   This is a fun way to bring the Shmita year into your lives at whatever level you like as a way of acknowledging our environmental and social responsibility; it’s also a way to build community as we celebrate the Shmita all year long. Talk, share your experiences on the PSJC Facebook page, view our Pinterest page, come to events, and see what adventures you can have while making the world a greener place, so when we or our children come to the next Shmita year, we can hopefully see the progress and change that have taken place.

The Shmita Environmental Challenge  will give us a chance to spend this year deepening our relationship to and our sense of stewardship of the earth.

Let us celebrate Shmita together!

An Introduction to Shmita:

From Leviathan’s Exile

Exodus 23:10-12 And six years you shall sow your land, and gather in the increase thereof; but the seventh year you shalt let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave the beast of the field shall eat. In like manner shall you deal with your vineyard, and with your oliveyard.

Leviticus 25: 10-17 And you shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all the inhabitants thereof; it shall be a jubilee unto you; and you shall return every man to his possession, and you shall return every man to his family. A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be to you; you shall not sow, neither reap that which grows of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of the undressed vines.  For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy unto you; you shall eat the increase of the field. In this year of jubilee you shall return all people to their possessions. And if you sell anything to your neighbor, or buy from your neighbor’s hand, you shall not wrong one another.  According to the number of years after the jubilee you shall buy from your neighbor, and according to the number of years of the crops your neighbor shall sell to you.  According to the multitude of the years you shall increase the price thereof, and according to the fewness of the years you shall diminish the price of it; for the number of crops your neighbor sells to you.  And you shall not wrong one another; but you shall fear your God; for I am Adonai your God.

A Meditation: 

"When you come into the Land...It shall be a year of solemn rest."

Thu, December 5 2019 7 Kislev 5780