VIDEO: Lakewood Bachurim Meet with First-Time Shomer Shmittah Farmer in Eretz Yisroel

Lakewood Bachurim in Reb Shmuel Yitzchok Luria’s camp in Eretz Yisroel today got to see first hand a farmer keeping Shmitta.

Schachar Piticihi’s grandparents came from Yemen to Eretz Yisroel in 1948 and always wanted to keep Shmittah. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to.

Schachar this year decided he would keep Shmittah for the first time, and just several months later, his grandmother – who was Zoche to see her grandson keep the Mitzvah – was Niftar.

The Bachurim witnessed first hand the farmer’s burnt fields, while the fields just near his were lush and growing – a true Nesayon.

The Bachurim sand and danced, leaving there with a new appreciation of the Mitzvah, all while giving Chizuk to the farmer and his family.

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  1. He was in Lakewood a few weeks ago. He spoke about how his grandfather learned most of the day while in Yemen and worked just a couple of hours a day to support his family. When they moved to E”Y they were placed in a moshav and were told to be farmers. Being that his grandfather was learned and knew the halachos it killed him inside that he was unable to keep shmita. He didn’t have a choice at the time and needed to put food on the table for his family. At the time there was no support at all for people who kept shmita. His grandfather passed away and didn’t get to see his children /grandchildren keep shmita while alive, but I’m sure this is a zechus for him.

    He also told over how this past winter many of his neighbors (who do not keep shmita) invested heavily in planting herbs. There was unusual frosting which destroyed all their herbs.

    Keren Hashiviis is a wonderful organization and if you are able to donate, it is a good investment. They need our help and it would enable Schachar and the others who keep shmita and continue to do so in the future. It will also encourage the people who don’t currently keep shmita.

  2. @ please make a kiddush hashem pick up the phone and call whichever filter you have to open video on lakewood scoop and if you think its not right to open do not watch that would be a bigger kiddush hashem then just complaning and blaming others.

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