i wonder whether you have any idea of the reality on the ground a hundred years ago, when rav kook accepted the heter mechira as a temporary measure, to be renewed if necessary, every seven years? there was nothing to eat even in the non-shmitta years, malaria was rampant, there was no possibility of importing from abroad, there were no wealthy individuals to help support the farmers during this time, etc. i am sure that if rav kook were to see israeli society today, he would immediately rescind his judgment. being jewish entails responsibilities as well as privileges, so kol hakavod to those farmers who do undergo some difficulties this year, and may G-d bless them with an abundance in the years to come!
Kenya police: 2 Kenyans arrested for spying for Iran (AP)
from the article: Observing shmita sensibly
A Palestinian teen who tried to stab an Israeli woman in the West Bank was run over and shot to death. Her father, imam of the refugee camp where she grew up, says his daughter was 'responding to the occupation.'04:30 28.11.15 | 1 comments