Letter By HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv About
by M. Bennett and Yated Ne'eman Staff
The following is the full text of a letter issued by HaRav
Eliashiv on Friday, 15 Elul.
To those who fear Hashem's word and devotedly fulfill the
mitzvah of shmitta in its true halachic
Let us strengthen the mitzvah performers, the personnel of
Department for Land-Related Laws in Jerusalem, who strive to
strengthen the walls of kashrus lemehadrin. They have
hitherto been mindful to the imperative to provide bnei
Torah with all their needs regarding the separation of
terumos, ma'asros, orlah and the observance of all of
the laws of shmitta according to halocho
without the slightest compromise. Now they have increased
their sacred activities by making certain with great
mesiras nefesh so that no resident of Yerushalayim
Ir Hakodesh will stumble by the [purchase or
consumption] of food which is sefichin.
All this is in the merit of the great dedication of those
involved in meleches hakodesh, headed by HaRav Yosef
Efrati. They are shluchei Rachmono and shluchei
didan and all their efforts comply with halocho.
They have also instated the emissary bills (shtar
shelichus) accordingly. Therefore, I seek to encourage
them in their efforts. All chareidim lidvar Hashem
should know that they may rely upon the kashrus
hamehuderes of the Department for Land-Related Laws in
Jerusalem and eat the produce they certify. All who help them
will have a share in the great zechus of inculcating
shemiras shevi'is kehilchoso in Eretz Hakodesh.