How it Works

Join Agudas Shmita

Begin by registering and appointing Agudas Shmita as your Halachic shaliach (messenger) and legal trustee, so that the land you purchase is done so exactly according to what the mitzvah requires in order to be properly fulfilled. After joining, you will receive both a trust agreement and trust notice to officially complete your purchase.

Register With Tabo

Register with Israel’s Land Registry Bureau (tabo). In order to properly and fully observe the mitzvah of Shmita, the units of land you purchased will be legally registered in your name through Israel’s Land Registry Bureau (tabo) in the year before Shmita. Information regarding your unit will be included in the official certificate authenticating the purchase. We will mail it to you, along with the address and directions to your unit and its location in the field.

“And I Will Decree My Blessing in the Sixth Year”

Immediately after joining in this holy mitzvah, you are eligible to receive Hashem's promise in the Torah – “and I will decree my blessing,” which is promised specifically to landowners in the sixth year before Shmita who intend to let it lie fallow for the seventh.

Preparing for Shmita

Beyond purchasing the land, Agudas Shmita takes care of everything from start-to-finish in order to ensure that you properly fulfill the mitzvah of Shmita. In the sixth year, farmers cultivate the land in order to fulfill the passuk: “In the Seventh Year, It Will be Abandoned.” Agudas Shmita also consults with the esteemed Rabbi Shmuel Eliezer Stern, shlita, for all Halachic inquiries, so that everything is done with the utmost Halachic stringency. Additionally, Agudas Shmita provides full legal accompaniment and meticulously mapped out units of land according to the Halachic definition of on ama (unit of measurement).

The Year of Shmita is Approaching

Prior to the Shmita year, all work on the purchased farm land is prepared to cease so that it will lay fallow for the year of Shmita. Our representatives will open the gates of the field as soon as the Shmita year begins, and hang a sign indicating that it is now hefker (rendered ownerless).

Observing Shmita

“And the land rested in [the seventh year] for Hashem”. We are privileged and honored to finally have the opportunity to observe the mitzvah of Shmita for an entire year, together with the greatest Rabbis of our generation.