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Shemitah and Avodat Karka #2: Mechanical Seeding, Definition of Harvesting

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Oct 23, 2020
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Venue: YU Torah MiTzion Beit Midrash Zichron Dov YU Torah MiTzion Beit Midrash Zichron Dov

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References: Moed Katan: 3a Moed Katan: 2b 

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Is use of a mechanical seeder acceptable in shemitah, since a person only starts the device? And does the prohibition against harvesting in shemitah include harvesting to improve the ground for future planting?

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