Kavod Shomrei Shvi’is is the banner for Tuesday’s event expected to attract thousands of shomer shmitah farmers, who are about to mark the end of their observance of the mitzvah.
Today’s event is intended to honor the farmers from the southern and central regions, those who made their fields ‘hefker’ and agreed to comply with the stringencies and fiscal realities of keeping the mitzvah as detailed by Gedolei HaDor Shlita. The participants in Tuesday’s event will gather in Pecan Gardens in Netivot at 4:00PM, organized by Keren Shvi’is. Another gathering will be held on Sunday (21 Elul) in Afula for northern area farmers.
A full seudas mitzvah will be held, and gedolei yisrael will address the forum organizers report.
A number of Gedolim and Askanim have traveled to Eretz Yisrael to take part in the shmitah events, including Rav Azriel Shechter from London, head of the London Keren Shvi’is and Rav Shmuel Blum of Agudas Yisrael in the United States and among the great shmitah activists on behalf of shomrei shvi’is farmers in Eretz Yisrael.
Rabbonim have words of praise for the farmers, who they say exhibited great misirus nefesh to uphold the kedusha of the mitzvah of shmitah.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)