Podcast: Yedidya Sinclair on Israel's Shmitah Year

This year is one in which Jews are commanded to let the Land of Israel lie fallow. On this week’s podcast, an expert explains what this commandment means and how it’s applied there today.

On July 27, 2021, two wine experts inspect a grape harvest from the Tabor Winery in Northern Israel. Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images.

On July 27, 2021, two wine experts inspect a grape harvest from the Tabor Winery in Northern Israel. Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images.

Observation
Oct. 1 2021
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A weekly podcast, produced in partnership with the Tikvah Fund, offering up the best thinking on Jewish thought and culture.

Julian Sinclair is an economist in Israel’s clean-technology and renewable-energy sector. An ordained rabbi, he has translated and annotated Abraham Isaac Kook’s 1909 introduction to the laws of the sabbatical year (Hazon, 2014) and is the translator of Micah Goodman’s Maimonides and the Book that Changed Judaism (Jewish Publication Society).

This Week’s Guest: Yedidya Sinclair

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