Batya’s HH and a Sabbatical

Batya is the Skipper for this week's Haveil Havalim
Batya, Skipper for this week's HH
I keep singing the tune to Gilligan’s Island. Batya is this week’s host for Haveil Havalim, the blog carnival of the Jewish blogosphere. She has it posted both of her blogs, Shilohmusings and Me-Ander.

A brief parsha note:
Is a 7 year cycle sort of like 6 years of Capitalism and 1 year of Communism? What do you think? (I heard this from our rabbi, Rabbi Bassous, yesterday). My apologies to the rabbi if I misquoted in any way.

Leviticus 25:3-4

Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the produce thereof.
But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath unto the LORD; thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.

9 thoughts on “Batya’s HH and a Sabbatical

  • With all due respect to the rabbi, I’m not quite sure that I like the idea of comparing shemitah to communism.
    B”N, I’ll try and formulate a more coherent response when I’m a little less pressed for time…

    • I agree. Also, in all fairness, I am only quoting a small piece of what he said. Actually, it was the comparison to Communism that bothered me, which I think of as replacing God and religion with the State.

      I think he really meant that we can believe in doing business and owning private property up to a point, but then it goes to the public good. It is sort of in between an Ayn Rand philosophy and a Leftist philosophy.

    • I am sure you would enjoy Rabbi Bassous a lot if you could attend his classes. And he would love having you as a student.

      • Thanks for the compliment.
        I think the general idea is that the 7th year allows us to rectify what has gone wrong in terms of fairness, justice and the way we’ve used the earth during the preceding 6 years. Recent events have shown that this sort of laws is more than useful. But as we know we are not living in a world of Torah.
        Hope this makes sense.

  • Interesting. I just read this the other day. A link with communism would never be what I thought. I thought that just as we need to rest on the 7th day it mean the earth should also rest. I took it to mean that in the scheme of things no matter how hard you work people or the earth, we all need that day of rest. I don’t think we’ve given the earth her days of rest.

    I would think that in relation to owning businesses and property you can only eat up so much without giving back. It’s like emptying a well of the water, hording it all and leaving nothing. Those who work for you will die of thirst and then where will you be?

    Sorry, I’m rambling. LOL!

    • I think if one thinks of what communism was meant to be (in an ideal world) instead of what it became, it is less offensive. As Ilana-Davita said, these are loaded terms (“heavily connoted”).

      In Judaism we end up with a lot of rules (halachot) that might start with those two lines from Leviticus. Some govern land ownership, some are for businesses.

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