NOT A RENTAL,
NOT A LEASE,
Yes, we know you’re not a farmer.
But you can keep the mitzvah of Shmita!
People have always believed that only farmers cultivating the land in the sixth year can fulfill the mitzvah of Shmita in the seventh year.
This is not true! For most of Am Yisroel, Shmita has not been affordable or accessible. Under the haskamos of Gedolei Yisrael, Agudas Shmita has completely changed that.
Gedolei Yisroel express support for Agudas Shmita's holy endeavor:
How can I be zoche to observe the mitzvah of Shmita?
You join and appoint us to acquire a unit of farm land on your behalf.
We register the unit of land in your name in tabo
We declare the land hefker in the beginning of shmita
You are zoche to observe this unique mitzvah and the incredible segula of shmita!
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Only farmers who work on agricultural land during the 6th year, can be mekayem the mitzva of shmita in the 7th year.
The average Jew cannot become a farmer for the two years required to give him full schar for the mitzva. Agudas Shmita has the ultimate, most halachically mehudar solution!
Ownership is attained via a trustee – a shliach, a representative who completely fulfills the mitzva and thus enables you to be zoche to its infinite blessing.
In order to merit this unique opportunity, b’hiddur, most poskim hold that one must privately own a piece of land in Eretz Yisroel, and have it formally registered in his name in the Israeli Tabo, rather than temporarily lease it
Why shouldn’t I just RENT a piece of land?
Why Tabo and not ILA?
"אני הוא שעתיד ליתן שכר טוב אם ישמרו אותן"
(I am the one Who will reward those who observe My commandments)
(Midrash Tanhouma - מדרש תנחומא)
It’s Hashem’s actual promise: Those who keep Shmita will merit endless bracha in their lives, and the segulah of "וציוויתי את ברכתי"
The mitzva of shmita is in essence divided into two parts.
- One part is the mitzva of "והשביעית, תשמטנה ונטשתה" - Shemos, 23:11 "In the seventh year you shall leave it unattended and unharvested" This is referring to the commandment to be mafkir all produce that grows on owned land in the seventh year. It’s clear from here that the mitzva can be completed on agricultural land with ready trees or vegetation whose produce can be made hefker.
2. The second part deals with "ושבתה הארץ שבת לה'" Vayikra, 25:2 (the land shall observe a Shabbos of Hashem) Here the mitzva is to refrain from work in this time. This can only be attained with land that was worked in the sixth year, and then left fallow in the seventh.
The psak of HaGaon Rav Elyashiv pertaining to mechiras chametz and a heter iska was that the documents should all be legally acceptable and that one should not be able to void them in court. Same is with the din for kinyanim in halacha regarding ownership of land: In order for the kinyan to be complete, one must ensure the legalities are in order as well.
When dealing with ILA, you’re obtaining a long term lease, not complete ownership.
When it comes to ILA residential lands, there might be a way to consider it buying rather than leasing, yet an agricultural land, such as this, is considered on a "lower level" for 3 main reasons:
- In order to really sell and give over the full rights of ownership, you need a special waiver by the ILA.
- You have to renew the contract every few years
- The ILA has the right to decide that they’re not interested in extending the lease, which isn't the case when it comes to residential lands.
No. Being that renting is not koneh, the field remains in the owner’s possession and doesn’t belong to the renter. It also works the other way around: If a yid rents his land to a goy, he still needs to do the mitzva of shmita because the land belongs to him.