The seventh year.
Shmita -- It's here!
Our Pach Hashmita (see picture above) -- "shmita disposal can" (I don't like using the word "garbage" in conjuntion with shmita) is ready for use in the kitchen, for the removal of food remnants with "kedushat shvi'it" (Linked FIXED: excellent article here). We haven't yet actually gotten any shmita produce that would require usage of the "Pach Hashmita"...but we're ready.
The first crisis occured last night, as I returned home from some errands and to my horror -- the sprinklers were watering our front yard!
I quickly turned them off...and ran inside. What had happened? Why were they on?
My wife says, "Muqata son #1 must have turned it on...and besides...are we not going to water the grass for a whole year?"
Hmmm. Of course we'll water it, just not with the same frequency...that's what the shmita courses all said.
I call up Muqata son #1 -- "Did you turn on the sprinklers?" He replies, "Yes, I did. Are we not going to water the grass for a whole year?"
I answer, "Of course we'll water it, just not with the same frequency"
So he says; "Right, so that means we can water it twice a week instead of three times a week...or use less water every time we water the grass."
It's going to take some time getting used to this.
And we haven't even started using the Pach Hashmita!
Triple Hmm - and Shana Tova,
PS: The following is a Public Service Announcement that I just received.
Forwarded from Beit Shemesh list:
"If you buy badatz vegetables during shmita, wash them very, very thoroughly as irrigation water of the Arabs in Judea and Samaria is often contaminated with sewage.
Last shmitta (and the shmitta before) there were outbreaks of hepatitis in Bet Shemesh, mostly in the Kirya Charedit and in RBS B.
I personally know people who ate Badatz vegetables and contracted hepatitis during shmitta."
a) Some Bada"tz produce is definitely coming from from Arabs in Azza.
b) Is it enough to wash vegetables that were irrigated by sewage? Wouldn't the sewage/germs/filth have infested the entire vegetable?
Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael