Shemitah 2015: Believers and non-believers brace for a September to remember

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JERUSALEM, Israel — For Israel and the Jewish people, the High Holy Days this year mark the end of a significant seven-year cycle and a rare fourth blood moon [Sept. 27-28]. Some believe that combination could have a huge impact on the world.

Shemitah2015That’s why many Christians and others believe that this September could be significant in Jewish, American, and world history. The Bible tells the Jewish people to sow the land and reap its produce for six consecutive years. Then, on the seventh year, they’re commanded to let the land lie fallow.

“Shemitah means the sabbatical,” Rabbi Tuly Weisz told CBN News. “There’s a year of rest for the land of Israel and for people all over the world.” Israel keeps the shemitah every seven years. It ends on the 29th of the Hebrew month of Elul, which this year falls on Sunday, September 13.

Weisz says many non-Jews are also paying close attention this year. “People from all over the world who’ve never heard of shemitah are all of a sudden looking and trying to explore what is the significance of shemitah because of all the global events that are happening that seem a bit unusual,” he said.

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