Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Here is something a little different...

As most and hopefully all of us know, today is Thanksgiving Day. A day which many, both secular and religious, take out of the year to give thanks, to G-d. This sounds awfully familiar however. When else do we Jews, set aside a period of time which is dedicated to introspection and giving thanks?

Besides for three times a day when we say, "Modim" the answer is the year Shmitta. The Shmitta year is a biblical law in which the land of Eretz Yisrael, is allowed to lay fallow and uncultivated every seventh year. The Sforno says that the Shmitta year is more than just a time of abstaining from agricultural pursuits but it is also a time for introspection, meditation and the study of Torah.

During this Thanksgiving year and on this day, take some time aside to introspect and appreciate how fortunate we are.

P.S. What is this weeks Parsha? Vayishlach?

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