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Addition to the Rosh Hashanah Seder for the Shmitah Year, by Rabbi David Seidenberg (neohasid.org)

Many people eat special foods as part of a mini-seder at the beginning of the Rosh Hashanah meal and invoke blessings for the year as they eat them. For the Shmitah year, you can add figs to your Rosh Hashanah seder (apples and honey, or apples, dates, beets, etc.) and recite with this kavvanah (intention):
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In the year of Shmitah, the sabbatical year,
our ancestors would let the land rest from their plows,
receiving and eating whatever grew and ripened by itself from the land.
And fig trees were especially prized in Shmitah,
because they would ripen little by little over many months,
always providing food.
And some say that the fig was the fruit of the tree of knowledge,
and that Shmitah is our time to receive the knowledge from Eden
in the right way and the right time,
when all us ripened toward understanding.

May it be Your will
YHVH our God and God of our ancestors
that during this year of Shmitah,
as the world ripens for us little by little,
always turning again toward us
to nourish and sustain us,
that may we turn
to receive in gratitude
what is offered so freely and lovingly,
so that we may turn
and ripen in justice and love
toward this world and all its creatures.

(Eat the fig!)

For a full Shmita Rosh Hashanah seder, see also R. Nina Beth Cardin’s seder at: The Sova Project.

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