From the Rav’s Desk: Digging a pit in the ground during Shemita in Israel

  1.  Question: [Sunday, 11th Marcheshvan, 5782]

I live in Israel and need to make a pit in my yard/garden for the sake of plumbing. May I do so during Shemita?


Yes. All digging for non-agricultural purposes is permitted during Shemita.

Sources: See Rambam Shemita Veyovel 1:4; 2:14; Maaseh Rokeiach; Derech Emuna 24; Halichos Hashevi’is 5:15

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