Nitzanim wrapped up our שמיטה (Sh’mitah—release) theme yesterday and today. Children were urged to consider the many pieces we touched on during שמיטה (Sh’mitah—release) including farming (perennials, annuals, nutrients), rest (for the land and our bodies), and הפקר (hefker—ownerlessness) Here are some of their responses to the question, “how could שמיטה (sh’mitah—release) be good for our community?”:
First Grader 1: …if the land is open to anyone the people that are poor can come get the food.
Second Grader 1: if your servants are hungry they can pick some crops, but you also don’t have to work during שמיטה (sh’mitah—release)—you can rest.
First Grader 2: Isn’t שמיטה (sh’mitah—release) just a year of sharing? Sharing…because if you had everything then someone would have nothing.
First Grader 3: And we get more rest and that means that after school time then we behave better because we got more rest.