[Avodah] Do I need to make sure to write a Pruzbul before Rosh Hashanah?

Micha Berger micha at aishdas.org
Mon Aug 16 13:42:55 PDT 2021

On Mon, Aug 16, 2021 at 12:52:25PM +0000, Prof. L. Levine via Avodah wrote:
> From today's OU Halacha Yomis
>> Q. The Shemitah year will begin on Rosh Hashanah. Do I need to make
>> sure to write a Pruzbul before Rosh Hashanah?

I heard of people who make a point of not including *every* loan
in a pruzbul, so that they get to fulfil the mitzvah of shemitas
kesafim. (Although this would come up next year, really.)

Like the people who buy 4 amos x 4 amos of land in EY just so that they
can get a mitzvah for not working it next year. Of course, you wouldn't
have gone to the plot to work it anyway. So li nir'eh one would get more
sekhar for yishuv ha'aretz and the lefum tza'arah agra of spending the
money than for not working the land -- something one wasn't the least
bit interested in or tempted to do.

Also, a lot of the marketing for these land buying efforts are not 100%
honest. They offer berakhos the SM"A and CS say do not apply dizman
hazeh. The CI says it does, but he still holds shemittah today is
derabbanan, and the literature typically presents it as an opportunity
to fulfill deOraisa.

(On a less Avodah-dik note, Qeren HaSheviis supports Israeli
farmers during a hard year. Many of the other groups are for-profit
businesses. Check who you obtain your land from. Are you supporting
farmers, your shul, or an entrepeneur?)

Tir'u baTov!

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