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Partner with Ben in honoring the Biblical commandment of Shmita

Ben is a U.S.-born farmer living in Israel and observing Shimta (the Sabbatical year). He’s letting his land rest for God’s will, but with bills piling up, he could lose his farm.

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From Binghamton farm boy to faithful Israeli farmer

Ben Rosenberg grew up on a small family dairy farm outside Binghamton, New York.

Ben loved farm life, but when Ben was in his mid-twenties, something inside said he had to visit the Land of Israel. And so, he did just that: boarded a plane to the holy land.

During his last few days in Israel, Ben visited the Western Wall. When Ben walked into the Kotel (Western Wall) Plaza, he broke down into tears.

After two-thousand years of the Jewish People being in exile, Ben knew that he had to return to his Biblical Heartland. He had to move to Israel.

Years later, Ben took a leap of faith and followed his dream of moving to Israel and starting his very own organic vegetable farm. To Ben, farming is an integral part of returning to his Biblical homeland.

Today, Ben is taking another leap of faith—he’s observing Shmita.
Shmita (The Sabbatical year) is a once-in-seven-year Biblical commandment where farmers in Israel stop working their fields for an entire year.

“But in the seventh year, the land shall have a Shabbat of complete rest, a Shabbat of Hashem (God): you shall not sow your field or prune your vineyard.” (Leviticus 25:4)

This means that it is forbidden for anyone to plant or sell any produce grown in the Land of Israel during the Shmita Year. All fields must remain untouched.

And even though Ben is not making any money from selling his vegetables…he’s still observing the Shmita year, all in honor of God’s will.

Because of Ben’s deep Emunah (Faith and Trust in God), he’s sacrificing his livelihood for an entire year to let the Land rest all in the name of God’s will.

Without any income this year, Ben might lose his farm.
Ben has bills, salaries, and loans to pay. Even worse, the banks don’t care that he’s keeping God’s word, and they require him to continue paying his loans, even though he’s not making any income from his fields.

Hashem (Hebrew for God) commanded that we keep Shmita over three thousand years ago. And today, in 2022, Ben is keeping that very same commandment. Let that sink in: Ben is in Israel keeping the three-thousand-year-old mitzvah (Hebrew for commandment) of letting the land rest, and, today, you have an opportunity to join him.

Donate today to partner with Ben in observing the Shmita year and ensure he can cover his costs while the Land rests for God.

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“But in the seventh year, the land shall have a Shabbat of complete rest, a Shabbat of Hashem (God): you shall not sow your field or prune your vineyard.”
וּבַשָּׁנָה הַשְּׁבִיעִת שַׁבַּת שַׁבָּתוֹן יִהְיֶה לָאָרֶץ שַׁבָּת לַיהֹוָה שָׂדְךָ לֹא תִזְרָע וְכַרְמְךָ לֹא תִזְמֹר׃
– Leviticus 25:4

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Meet other faithful Israeli farmers

With support from people like you, we’ve helped numerous farmers throughout Israel who have taken a leap of faith in observing the Shmita. These are their stories:

 

Shlomo Keshet

Shlomo is a father of six who loves planting and producing olive oil. Shlomo is laser-focused on empowering children with special needs in all of his work. This year Shlomo is observing Shmita.

Yedidya Spitz

Yedidya is a father of seven who loves connecting to the Land of Israel through farming. This year Yedidya is observing Shmita.

Aaron Katsof

Aaron is a father of 6 who’s devoted to his craft of making wine in the Biblical Heartland. Aaron lives in Shiloh, and this year, he’s keeping Shmita.

Noam Cohen

Noam is the spokesperson for a community of agricultural families in the heart of Judea and Samaria. This year, they’re all observing Shmita.

I started Israel365 back in 2012 with a simple goal in mind. Connect the many lovers of Israel from all around the world to the Holy Land every single day as it says “It is a land which Hashem your God looks after, on which Hashem your God always keeps His eye, from year’s beginning to year’s end. ” (Deuteronomy 11:12). Today, Israel365 sends a Daily Inspiration from the Israel Bible to hundreds of thousands of subscribers, provides live Zoom classes exploring the Bible with renowned educators from Israel, and supports thousands of needy people in Israel every day through our charitable work.

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