Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Mitzvos Relating to Our Fellow Man

27: Shemittah Loan Cancellation

"This is the matter of Shemittah (the sabbatical year): Every lender shall cancel his debt which his friend owes him..." (Devarim 15:2)

When shemittah year comes, in addition to stopping all agricultural work in the Land of Israel, all debts are canceled, unless a pruzbul (override) document was written. This applies nowadays by law of the Sages.

Even if the borrower offers to pay, the lender must say, "The debt is cancelled." If the borrower continues to insist on paying, the lender may accept the payment (Shevi'is 10:8).

The Sefer HaChinuch (mitzvah 47) explains that this mitzvah teaches us to be generous and to realize that Hashem supplies all of our needs, including monetary ones. When a lender forgoes his payment due to shemittah, Hashem will reimburse him.


Text Copyright © 2007 by Rabbi Moshe Goldberger and Torah.org.


 
Sell Chometz Online







ARTICLES ON PESACH AND THE OMER:

View Complete List

Something Great and Awesome
Rabbi Label Lam - 5771

“Letter to my Son Akiva”
Jon Erlbaum - 5773

The Students of Rabbi Akiva
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

ArtScroll

A Potential Lesson
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760

The Great Shabat
- 5773

Why On This Night Do We Dip Twice?
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5765

> Tarnished Treasures of Pesach
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

The Meaning of Freedom
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5760

Inherent and Essential Contradictions
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5770

Looking for a Chavrusah?

There's One in Every Generation
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

Pesach Questions
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

A Ritual Memory Transfer
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5760

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Real Us!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

The Counting of the Omer
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Why Four Cups?
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

Focus on the Counting
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information