Thursday, September 06, 2007

"A Mitzvah To Publicize"

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Mystical Paths: Shemitta - Preparations for YOU

Zchus Avos Yogen Aleinu: Pruzbul


At September 9, 2007 at 11:52:00 AM EDT, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Sephardim and Chabadnikim need to have a pruzbul written by this Rosh Hashana.

Ashkenzaim only need to have it written by the next one.

At September 9, 2007 at 12:03:00 PM EDT, Blogger Akiva said...

I wrote in an email I sent out that many ashkenazim don't do it until the end of the year.

Yet, my Rebbe (the Lubavitcher Rebbe) said to publicize this mitzvah, so I am! Further, the form your link to Zchus pointed us to says also some ashkenazi poskim of the past hold by before this year ask well.

Further, my father-in-law, a'h, who was a litvak from from Ponevitch _in Lithiania_, use to write the year before also. That's how this came up, my wife came to me and said, "my father use to write pruzbul before shemitta year, what are we doing about these debts owed to us that are too big to forgive?"

Theres clearly different positions on this particular mitzvah, one should consult one's competent orthodox rav and follow his instructions.

At September 9, 2007 at 3:43:00 PM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Akiva: Does your wife's question relate to your June 2007 posting "Borrowing" and also an earlier posting you once wrote about regarding a related situation that happened to you?

Also, how did you answer your wife's question?

I would imagine that your answer could be a posting all its own!

At September 9, 2007 at 4:50:00 PM EDT, Blogger Akiva said...

Relating to borrowing, no, at some point unpaid debts indeed are written off as just tzedakah helping that person.

However, in the last 2 months or so, I was approached 4 times for not-small loans, which I gave without even thinking about Shemitta and forgiving debts but which were a stretch for me. Unfortunately, I don't feel I have the resources to forgive these loans, and probably would not have given them faced with the prospect of having to do so.

Therefore, Hillel's variant definitely fits my situation.


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