In Israel, biblical land-use laws call for creative workarounds

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Volunteers pack food packages to be distributed to needy Israelis. Some worry it will be more difficult to obtain produce during the sabbatical year called shmita. Religion News Service photo by Michele Chabin

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JERUSALEM (RNS) The sabbatical-year prohibitions include sowing, planting, pruning, reaping, harvesting and improving the land. But many Jews have found loopholes and workarounds.