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        1/23/2014, Shevat 22, 5774

      Chief Rabbi Lau Asks Rabbis: Don't Fight over Shemittah

      Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau spoke before 400 rabbis on Thursday, in a conference at the Ministry of Religious Services in Jerusalem. His speech cenetered on the topic of the shemittah sabbatical year in which Jewish law forbids agricultural work, letting the land of Israel rest.

      The next shemittah year will begin this coming Rosh Hashana (Jewish new year) in September. Rabbi Lau urged the rabbis to consult with farmers to clarify Jewish law regarding the special seven year cycle.