Dear List, amv"sh
In honor of this past weeks Parsha Reading , Parshat Behar-Bechukosai, where details of Shemittah are discussed as well as the curses associated with failure to keep this crucial Mitzvah, I am sending you an unabridged Profile and Description of Shemittahrediscovered.blogspot.com
(The blog itself limits the number of characters in the profile and description)
My updated unabridged profile and description:
I am very focused on the Mitzvah of Shemittah, in the spirit of Shabbat, Olam Haba and the Taste of the World to Come, based on the Pshat, the literal translations of the Pesukim regarding Shemittah, In 2005, following the expulsion of Gush Katif I started my blog and posted a narrative of my personal Shemittah experience of the year 1987 almost 18 years prior when I had lived as a single girl in Kiryat Arba.
Later posts on this blog are posts of activism by this blogger as well as fellow activists who are lovers of the Land of Israel such as Women in Green, Mattot Arim, Paul Eidelberg, Temple Mount activists and many others, etc. . This blog can be searched for many historic posts of activism over the years but there is no pleasure, or shall we say no comfort in saying we told you so..... especially after much pain and suffering and learning the hard way...
It is this blogger's intent to be Mezakeh (make worthy) our fellow Jew to be activists to claim entitlement of the Land of Israel now, today, so that we as a Nation will be worthy of G-d's benevolence and protection in the Land and in the Diaspora.
Let us beg Hashem to give us the opportunity to sanctify the Land with Torah teachings and holiness. It is this bloggers' belief that it is within our reach to do so, Lo Bashamayim hi, our commandments are not made for heaven but within our reach TO DO IT! . It is not sufficient to merely learn and teach Torah until the Moshiach comes but we must also do and perform and practice all the commandments within our reach, and thus prepare the way for Moshiach's to come speedily soon.
The Land belongs to G-d and G-d has chosen the Jewish People to sanctify it with the observance of His commandments such as Shemittah in each and every generation as we say in Psukei D'Zimra, from Chronicles Aleph Chapter 16: "Zichru LeOlam Briso.. ""Remember forever His Covenant, the Word He commanded for a thousand generations, that He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac, the He established it for a statute for Jacob , for Israel as an everlasting Covenant, for you I shall give the Land of Canaan the lot of your inheritance." After 2,000 years it is truly miraculous that we finally are able to return to our Land and observe many of it's holy commandments, something not within our reach for over 2,000 years..
Therefore we must actively be engaged in claiming this Land each and every day. We say each and every day before Shma, "Vethen Belibeinu Bina, LeHavin, ULehaskil, Lishmoa, Lilmod Ulilameid, Lishmor, Velaasoth Ulekayem eth Kol Divrei Talmud Torathecha BeAhava". We pray to the Almighty ( Artscroll Schottenstein translation, my emphasis) Have mercy upon us and instill in our hearts, understanding to understand, and to comprehend, to listen, to learn, to teach, to observe, to to perform and to fulfill, all the words of the teachings of your Torah with Love. Enlighten our eyes in your Torah, attach our hearts to Your commandments,and unify our hearts to love and to fear Your name so that we not be ashamed, nor be humiliated nor stumble for ever and ever, for in the Name of Your holiness that is great, mighty and awesome do we trust, we exalt and rejoice in Your salvation. May Your compassion, Hashem, our G-d and Your kindness which is abundant, not forsake us for ever and ever.
How can we observe the Mitzvoth Teluyot Baaretz, commandments dependent on the Land, if we willingly allow our enemies to steal our identity, our entitlement, and chas vechalila willingly part with our precious Land for a pot of lentils? (empty promises of peace that only falsely and temporarily satiate our need for peace )?
Therefore, these posts of activism on Shemittahrediscovered.blogspot.com are a plea to proclaim our entitlement of Eretz Yisroel so that once again the wisdom of our Precious Torah be observed and then be known throughout the world . The ultimate state of unity between G-d and the world will be expressed in the Era of the Redemption, when "the world will be filled with the knowledge of G-d as the waters cover the ocean bed." as it says in the Torah that all the other nations will look at us and say Am chachom venavon - A wise and intelligent nation.
The latest posts, April 2010 onward are also dedicated Li'lui Nishmat Israel Kaplan, z"l (in addition to the memory of my biological father Yosef Zeev ben Moshe z"l who took much pride when I went on Aliya and personally packed my lift). Izzy was a father of activism, and someone that is mourned deeply by Eretz Yisroel activists. May His Memory be for a Blessing.
This email is L'Ilui Nishmat Yisrael ben David Aryeh ob"m (Izzy - Kaplan) a great activist and lover of Eretz Yisroel, Am Yisroel and the Torah. Yehi Zichrono Baruch.