Yehoshua is a retired U.S. Army Chaplain and currently lives in Israel with his wife and children.
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The word שמיטה (shemita), mentioned in our Parashah, refers to the Sabbatical year, during which the Land of Israel is to rest, as well as disavowing outstanding loans. However, the meaning of the root שמט in rest of Scripture is unrelated to these laws at all, instead relating to nuances of falling and slipping.This article examines the hidden aspects of this word in an attempt to lay bare the underlying meaning of this root, including its connection with the other words in the Holy Tongue containing the letters מט.