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.
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.
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.
“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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A letter from our founder, Rabbi Tuly Weisz
I started Israel365 in 2012 as an email to friends and family. The goal was to connect the Lovers of Israel with the Land and People of Israel, every day of the year.
“It is a land which Hashem God looks after, on which Hashem your God always keeps His eye, from year’s beginning to year’s end.” (Deuteronomy 11:12)
Ten years later, Israel 365 has blossomed. We now bring the Land of the Bible into the homes and hearts of millions of Jews and Christians around the world. Our readers love our daily emails, our Israel Bible, and the causes we support. Our regular charity projects in Israel include renovating the apartments of Holocaust survivors, programs for IDF soldiers, and assisting terror victims financially. We also plant trees to beautify the Land, and support farmers who observe the Sabbatical (Shemittah) year.
Please join us and bring the blessings of the Land and People of Israel to the whole world.
“I will bless those who bless you…And all the families of the earth will bless themselves by you.” (Genesis 12:3)
Rabbi Tuly Weisz