21 September 2011


Psalm 78:60 uses the word yitosh to mean remove oneself rather than to release some object. 
Why is this interesting? Because when Scripture in Exodus 23:11 first introduces the matter of shemitta it uses the terms tishmitenah u’netashtah. Tishmitenah, we know, means to release but what does u’netashtah mean? 
If we define the term u’netashtah as meaning ‘to remove oneself,’ then what the verse might well be teaching is that in the seventh year the ruling class must remove itself from its rule and hand power over to the subject class. 
U’netashtah could be the political analogue in shnat sheviit to the economic regulations defined by tishmitenah.

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