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We Talkin’ About Practice? (Yom Kippur)

Preview: Most people know that Yom Kippur is the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. By contrast, many have never even heard about the laws of shemittah—the laws commanding us to let our fields lie fallow once every seven years. Yet pay close attention and you’ll notice that the laws of Yom Kippur are intimately linked with those of this peculiar agricultural institution. Study this connection deeply, in fact, and you might begin to wonder: are the laws of Yom Kippur simply an invitation to “practice” for the commands that “really matter”—those of shemittah?

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