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The Rav of Kommimius - How shmitah is making a comeback in modern Israel

Beginning in 1950, Rav Binyomin Mendelsohn, z”l, worked hand-in-hand with the Chazon Ish to plant the very roots that guide Shmitah observance today. Because of their work, Keren Hashviis has merited to raise the level of proper Shmitah observance. Today, thousands of farmers participate in this septennial mitzvah — and the impact steadily grows.

As the humble and pious rav of Moshav Komemiyut, Rav Mendelsohn worked tirelessly so that his farming community properly observe Shmitah. He personally met with local farmers to explain the mitzvah and Torah’s unique bracha. He eventually expanded this effort to neighboring areas, showing the world that keeping Shmitah k’halacha is possible.

Ten Shmitah cycles since that legendary first year, Klal Yisroel continues to reap the benefits of Rav Mendelsohn’s determination. Farmers now have a pillar to lean on for information, guidance, emotional support, and financial assistance. They know that Klal Yisroel is at their side, supporting their families every step of the way. Every year, thanks to partners like you, the ranks of Shomrei Shviis grow and grow, bringing Bnei Yisroel closer and closer to Moshiach.


Shmitah is one of the most ancient agreements between Hashem and Klal Yisroel — and it’s coming soon. But if the mitzvah requires farming land in Eretz Yisroel, why is everyone obligated to fulfill it? And how?

Watch to find out what’s unique about this septennial mitzvah and the unparalleled promise that Hashem gives to us all.

Let’s join together on this important Jewish journey and make the impossible possible. Partner with the farmer and share the bracha today at kerenhashviis.org.