Seder Zeraim (Agriculture)

Though most Jews no longer live in an agricultural society, some of the mishnaic laws related to agriculture remain directly relevant for contemporary urban and suburban lives.

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Although we do not observe the laws of pe'ah in the literal sense of leaving the corners of our field for the poor, Tractate Pe'ah remains a powerful statement about our responsibilities to the poor and our relationship to our property. In addition, the general principles laid out in its first chaptercan help us better understand all our obligations regarding giving to those in need.†

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Rabbi Jill Jacobs

Rabbi Jill Jacobs is the Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights-North America. She previously served as the Rabbi-in-Residence for the Jewish Funds for Justice.