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When the new year for Israel began on Rosh Hashanah last September, Israel began the shmita year: the directive to let the land of Israel lay fallow every seven years.
The word shmita literally means “release.” This is a year for letting go – not just of the land, but of so many other things in our lives that we seek to control for our own benefit. Just to clarify, most of the time we do work at things….. However, there are times in life when we have to step back from our own efforts.
Sometimes this may mean taking a step back from controlling every aspect of our finances, both current and future. We need to let go and let things work themselves out. Other times, we may need to let go of working on our children. We are constantly pulling out their weeds, pruning them, and hoping to help them blossom. But sometimes, when it comes to our family members, we have to let them go. We have to let go for a bit so that they can grow on their own. Finally, sometimes we need to let ourselves go. We spend a lot of time trying to be the best that we can be – strong, faithful, hard-working. Yet, sometimes the best we can be is letting ourselves rest and giving ourselves permission to be less than perfect while relying on God.
This year, let’s make a practice of letting things go and letting God in.
Excerpted from Holy Land Moments Daily Devotionals –
“Letting Go” by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein: http://www.holylandmoments.org/devotionals/letting-go
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