Where Will YOU Buy Your Cucumbers Next Year?

I know, I know, some of you are scratching your heads at this post title! I means, preparing ahead is one thing, but this is ridiculous, right?

Well, not if you are an Orthodox Jew and you live in Israel. Next year is a shmittah year (the sabbatical year, or the seventh year in the agricultural cycle, where the farmers in parts of Israel supposed to refrain from planting and cultivating their land).

Jameel has an excellent post here all about it, and about the practice of signing up to buy produce through the Otzer Beit Din. We are also planning on doing this, and I am already worrying about finding a caterer for my son’s Bar Mitzvah next year who is willing to do this too. (Any tips about finding one will be greatly appreciated).

Go on over and read all about it.


18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rafi G
    May 29, 2007 @ 16:24:47

    just skip the vegetables at the bar mitzva. There is no specific mitzva that says you have to have cucumbers and tomatoes….

  2. jerusalem joe
    May 29, 2007 @ 18:25:11

    I don’t get it – if the farmers can’t grow food, what are they supposed to be eating? Presumably our ancestors did not starve to death…

  3. bec
    May 30, 2007 @ 03:44:30

    this is actually driving me crazy. wbmama, can you recommend a good book (in english) explaining the halachas on shmittah? i’m so freaked out by this whole thing and have been thinking about it for weeks now….

  4. WaysofZion
    Jun 05, 2007 @ 12:41:37

    It’s too bad we live in Canada….

  5. SnoopyTheGoon
    Jun 06, 2007 @ 07:38:08

    Last year pickles? Just guessing, you know 😉

  6. bec
    Jun 22, 2007 @ 03:40:05

    email me at
    phishmatzah at gmail.com
    i’ll send you the link regarding meeting our plane at ben gurion if you want.
    hope the new job is going well and that things are good by you!!!

  7. muse
    Jun 26, 2007 @ 03:05:16

    I see you haven’t posted recently. I hope it’s for good reasons.

    You’re tagged!

  8. Ozymandias
    Jun 28, 2007 @ 15:40:33

    Yoohoo, blogosphere calling.

  9. Jeremayakovka
    Jul 04, 2007 @ 19:26:11

    Shalom, sister.
    If you’d like to participate, you’re now “tagged” in the 8-ball meme.
    (Please click over to the post of July 3.)
    “It’s Ours!” — an inspiring post.

  10. aliyah06
    Jul 07, 2007 @ 18:09:20

    Where are you? (Not that I should comment)….it’s been a crazy June and hopefully it’s only end-of-schoolyear-beginning-of-summer craziness that is inhibiting regular contributions to this site….?

    Let us know you’re okay, okay? And if you’re NOT okay, let us know what we can do to help…

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  12. Lady-Light
    Jul 16, 2007 @ 19:32:48

    I remember when we lived in Israel we jumped through hoops to get vegetables which were not grown on Jewish land by Jews. I think we had to buy from Arabs; I actually don’t remember many details, as it was so long ago…where do you buy fruit and vegies during Shmittah these days?
    BTW–I tagged you for the Meme of Eight , so I would be honored if you read my blog and added it to your blogroll. Looking forward to seeing your Meme!

  13. ifyouwillit...
    Jul 18, 2007 @ 10:34:04

    Thanks for linking that article.

  14. Jack
    Jul 26, 2007 @ 21:00:48

    Ok, we’re getting ready to send out a search party.

  15. BA
    Jul 27, 2007 @ 15:08:16

    seriously, anyone heard from mama?

  16. aliyah06
    Jul 29, 2007 @ 17:51:05

    No and a number of us are getting quite worried….

  17. Erica
    Jul 31, 2007 @ 01:02:08

    Yo, WBM!

    Don’t make me dispatch the new olim from Brooklyn to hunt you down.

    We’re missing you here. Sheesh. Give a smoke signal……something.


  18. Verodim
    Jul 31, 2007 @ 12:20:42


    I miss you too! Please give us a little sign!


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