The one and seemingly only element the Rabbis address in the matter of sheviit is whether or not and how Jews are prohibitted from planting and harvesting the land during the sabbatical year.
- There is another side of the choq: to suspend for the duration of the sabbatical year the laws of private property as regards the land.
- Such suspension undoes the initial distribution of the land leases that constituted the initial settlement of the land.
- That distribution defined the claims to the land both between the tribes as well as within the tribes to the families of Israel.
Sheviit is really not only about leaving the land fallow. Sheviit is also about distributing the nation’s stored wealth to the general population and about breaking down within the society the internal lines of privilege that invariably grow up.