The David and Fela Shapell Digitization Project
The Shmitta Controversy: Digitized Historical Documents
Since the renewal of Jewish farming in Eretz Israel in the late 19th century, the question of observing the sabbatical "shmitta" year has been a recurring and unresolved halachic topic. Rabbinic opinions have been, and still are, divided between those who recommend formally selling Jewish owned agricultural lands for a year to non-Jews ("heter ha-mechira") and those who require not working the fields, marketing of alternate non-Jewish produce, and financially supporting the farmers affected.
The Jewish National and University Library Collection includes
many broadsides and other original documents relating to this controversy
which are presented here