“If you have time for just one book on the upcoming Shemitta year, this is it!”
Shabbat Ha’aretz, by Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, is the most important and influential book on shmita to have appeared in the modern era. In Shabbat Ha’aretz, Rav Kook gave a bold and brilliant argument allowing the struggling farmers of his day to continue working during shmita. Imbued with Rav Kook’s love for the land and for the secular Zionist pioneers, the work expresses a soaring, lyrical vision of the social and spiritual renewal that shmita could one day embody.
The Sabbath of the Land makes this essential book accessible to English-speaking readers for the first time. It includes original, annotated translations from Rav Kook’s work and framing essays on his life, times and thought, the historical background to Shabbat Ha’aretz and the book’s enduring power to inspire the renewal of shmita in our time.
I am an economist, writer and rabbi, inspired by bringing Jewish teachings to life in new ways here in Jerusalem. Worked for five years as Vice President at Energiya Global, an Israeli solar energy company bringing renewable power to Africa, before that in a startup designing eco-cities. Energized by Israeli hi-tech ventures solving huge global problems. Degrees from Oxford and Harvard Universities, as well as Orthodox semicha and Phd. studies in Rav Kook’s Thought. I was campus rabbi at Cambridge University, where I also taught Jewish Studies in the Divinity School. Married to Yaffa, with five children.
I would be thrilled to speak to your community, synagogue, campus group or school. Please contact me here to arrange a talk (on Zoom, for now, if outside Israel.)
Here are some short videos of me teaching about shmita