Hazon has produced a handbook they call the Shmita Sourcebook, a wonderful document that delves into the biblical and rabbinic sources relating to shmita, as well as modern commentary, then extracts a set of “shmita values” that can inform our modern, North American, interpretation and vision.

Seven Seeds Project has produced a beautiful document called Envisioning Sabbatical Culture, which in itself is a work of art, and which goes even farther toward envisioning a modern embodiment of shmita values.

The Heschel Center for Sustainability develops and implements the vision of sustainability: a just and cohesive society, a robust and democratic economy, and a healthy and productive environment to all of its residents. The center bridges theoretical knowledge and practical methods, and creatively spreads the message of sustainability, assisting change makers from every sector of society to promote significant change in Israel.

The Sova Project‘s goal is to “raise awareness across the global Jewish community about issues of environmental and economic sustainability by engendering a multi-disciplinary conversation among Jewish studies scholars, economists, activists and communal leaders.” “Sova” means “enough.” The shmita year is their inspiration for starting a conversation about the importance of the concept of “sufficiency” to sustainability.

The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund is working with communities in the United States and in countries around the world on grassroots organizing, public education and outreach, research, and legislative drafting – assisting people, NGOs, elected representatives, and government officials to craft and adopt new laws that change the status of natural communities and ecosystems from being regarded as property under the law to being recognized as rights-bearing entities.

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Bringing shmita values to life in Seattle