• Yovel Text Study: Betach

    Imagine the time leading up to the sh’mita year in the ancient world. In an agricultural society, people no doubt would have been anxious: what would they eat while the land rested? Would the previous season’s crop suffice for an extra year? And before the yovel year, the anxiety must have been doubled, as the produce of the forty-eighth year would have to last for two extra years! This passage in Leviticus acknowledges this fear, and also frames the yovel year as a time to cultivate a sense of security not based on material possessions.

  • Yovel Text Study: The Land Is Mine

    Each yovel—the last year of a fifty-year cycle—returns the entire land to its original owners. What might be described as radical land reform aims to prevent the development of a permanent underclass, but beyond this, expands our consciousness to understand that land is fundamentally not for sale, that on some level the entire earth belongs to God and never really to us.

  • Yovel and Jerusalem

    While this series focuses primarily on yovel as a source of wisdom for how to approach the fiftieth anniversary of the Six Day War in 1967 and its aftermath, our project would not be complete without engaging with Jerusalem itself.
  • Yovel / Jubilee: Fifty Years Since 1967

    The year 2017/5777 marks fifty years since the Six-Day War, when Israel captured East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza. This anniversary calls both for celebration of Jewish sovereignty over our holiest site, the Temple Mount, and a more somber commemoration of the fifty years of military occupation that followed this war. In the biblical cycle,…
  • 8 Nights of Rights

    Celebrate human rights each night of Chanukah with an action you can take at home. Download the full-color flyer to hang on your refrigerator or classroom bulletin board.     Night 1: Gelt Made With Dignity, Not Slavery When you buy Fair Trade chocolate, you know it was produced without violating workers' rights. Give it as…