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What Are Shmittah and Yovel?

Dear Jew in the City- What are shmittah and yovel? Thank you, Shira Dear Shira- Thanks for your question, which I assume was inspired by the fact that this year (Hebrew year 5782) is a shmittah year. Shmittah is a rest for the land of Israel once every seven years, just as Shabbos is a […]

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What Is The Meaning Behind Rainbows In The Torah?

Dear Jew in the City- Many people enjoy looking at rainbows. I know it’s meant to be considered a sign that we are supposed to repent. Are we allowed to enjoy them (or tell others about them)? Thanks, Darcy Dear Darcy- Thanks for your question. The rainbow is the topic of Genesis 9:12-16, following Noah’s […]

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Can I Cover My Sukkah if it Rains?

Hi JITC- Can I cover my sukkah if it rains? I heard there is something called schlach? Thanks, Aidel Dear Aidel- Thanks for your question. You’ve created a portmanteau of two words. Schach is a mass noun (i.e., a thing whose discrete components are not counted); the roof of your succah is made from schach. […]

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