New at Otzar Ha'aretz

Do you live in Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, Gush Etzion, Gush Dan, or Benjamin and Samaria? Otzar Ha’aretz delivers to your home! Besides our sales points all over the country, you can also order your groceries online and they will be delivered to your home* throughout the shemitah year.

*Depending on the delivery company’s distribution areas

What do we do?

Otzar Ha’aretz is a unique program that facilitates observing shemitah in the most mehadrin fashion while supporting Jewish agriculture. The program was founded 21 years ago, under the guidance of prominent rabbis including Rabbi Avraham Shapira, Rabbi Mordechai Eliahu, and Rabbi Shaul Yisraeli ztz”l, and Rabbi Chaim Drukman, Rabbi Yaakov Ariel, and Rabbi Dov Lior.

Our goals :

  • Strengthening Israeli agriculture
  • Connecting the public at large to shemitah observance
  • Selling high-quality, mehadrin produce
  • Bringing produce with kedushat shevi’it to every Jewish household in Israel
  • Advancing proper shemitah observance in the State of Israel

What do I need to do?

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Purchase coupons ahead of time for the entire year at the amount of your choice

Receive digital coupons on a monthly basis

Use your coupons at Otzar Ha’aretz sales points

Answer your questions

Answer your questions

FAQs

Otzar beit din – Fruits and vegetables sown before shemitah that grow and are harvested during shemitah. This produce has kedushat shevi’it and is sold through otzar beit din.

Sixth-year produce – Produce from before the shemitah year stored in refrigerators (potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, and more).

Fruits and vegetables that grew employing halachic solutions – detached platforms, hydroponics, and grown in parts of Israel not obligated in all of the laws of shemitah (Arava, Western Negev [olei Mitzrayim]).

Otzar Ha’aretz was founded with the support of Israel’s former chief rabbis: Rabbi Avraham Shapira and Rabbi Mordechai Eliahu ztz”l. The Torah scholars guiding Otzar Ha’aretz include Rabbi Shaul Yisraeli ztz”l; and Rabbi Yaakov Ariel, Rabbi Dov Lior, Rabbi Chaim Druckman, Rabbi Shmuel Eliahu, Rabbi Yehoshua Shapira, Rabbi Elyakim Levanon, Rabbi David Chai HaKohen shlita”h, and more.
Over the years, hundreds more rabbis joined in their support for the initiative. Today, the vast majority of Religious Zionist rabbis support Otzar Ha’aretz as the best possible option for the shemitah year. Support for Otzar Ha’aretz spans many Torah-observant groups, including late Rabbi Eliahu Bakshi Doron and Rabbi Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg ztz”l, and Rabbi Aharon Butbul (son-in-law of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef ztz”l) shlit”a.

Every Otzar Ha’aretz member strengthens Jewish agriculture in the Land of Israel. We ask you to join as members of Otzar Ha’aretz to give us the consumer power and halachic support to launch this project. Our strength vis-à-vis farmers, retailers, and other professionals involved is measured by buying power—and that’s where you enter the picture. To change the way the market runs during the shemitah year and to promote buying from Israeli farmers, we need to join forces. We assumed the responsibility of being public agents to change the face of consumerism during shemitah, but we need your partnership so we can launch this important project!

Now you commit to an approximate monthly sum that you generally earmark for fruits and vegetables for your household use. This sum is recharged automatically every month on digital coupons, updated on an App or via SMS. You use these coupons to pay for your fruits and vegetables.
The App is similar to PayBox or Bit. When it’s time to pay, you transfer money from your account on the App to the store (in some stores there is also a cashier number you need to enter).
If you don’t have a smartphone, you will need to send an SMS to a specific number, and than your account will be charged.
Whether you use the App or SMS system, the following month, your digital coupon is recharged with the same amount.
Your membership fee is the estimated amount you will use to purchase groceries at Otzar Ha’aretz stores (you can also use your membership credit to purchase other items, aside from fresh produce). However, non-members can also buy fruits and vegetables with cash, as can members who also used up their monthly membership allotment.
If you didn’t finish using the amount on your coupon, the balance will carry over to the next month.

The rabbinical court of Otzar Ha’aretz includes leading rabbis from various groups: Rabbi Yaakov Ariel (former rabbi of Ramat Gan and president of Torah VeHa’aretz Institute), Rabbi Dov Lior (former rabbi of Kiryat Arba), Rabbi Shmuel Eliahu (Rabbi of Tzfat and a member of the Chief Rabbinate Council), Rabbi Aharon Butbul (Head of Rabbinical Seminary Yabiya Omer, son-in-law of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef ztz”l), Rabbi Eliezer Igra (dayan in the Great Court in Jerusalem), Rabbi Yehuda Amichay (Head of Torah VeHa’aretz Institute

In preparation to set up sales points in more areas, we are working with Bikurei Hasade Darom, a major company that distributes fresh produce all over the country. In this way, Otzar Ha’aretz trucks will reach most parts of the country, with the goal of supplying produce with kedushat shevi’it to as many households as possible.
Last shemitah, we opened sales points all over Israel. We are sure that we will be successful in doing the same this year, as well. We hope to reach 130 – 200 stores all over the country.
In the end, it is also up to you. When we contact grocery store owners to serve as our distributors in their store, they inquire about demand for Otzar Ha’aretz produce in their area. When we are armed with lists of members from the area, it is much easier to reach an agreement on opening up a sales point. In this way, your registration as a member helps us open a sales point near you.
We commit that if we are not successful in opening a distribution point near your home, your money will be refunded.

We believe that an important mitzvah needs to come in a beautiful package. That is why we do everything on our power to ensure that Otzar Ha’aretz consumers enjoy an ongoing supply of fresh, high-quality produce.
This coming shemitah, we will partner with the huge company Bikurei Hasade Darom to provide the best service in all areas—in terms of both the amount of produce and punctual arrival time at the sales points. We hope that this partnership will provide our consumers with the best service possible.

So that the fruits and vegetables can be marketable, the beit din needs to perform many agricultural treatments at various stages of growth. These treatments are very expensive, which means that the otzar beit din’s expenses do not fall short of those required for regular produce in the open market. At times, they are even more expensive since the beit din requires performing certain actions twice and others with a shinuy. All of this takes more time and thus is more expensive. Nevertheless, we do everything in our power to ensure that Otzar Ha’aretz consumers will pay less for their produce than market prices.
We cannot ensure that at every point in time the Otzar Ha’aretz produce will be the least expensive on the market, but we can commit that over the course of the year, those who consume Otzar Ha’aretz groceries will not spend more than those who buy produce of a similar quality in the open market. We make every effort to bring down the prices so that Otzar Ha’aretz consumers will pay less over the entire period.

Letting the land lie fallow is a solution for a single farmer, but an entire country cannot survive when its land lies fallow. Not working the land at all entails significantly increasing importation or purchasing produce from non-Jews: whether Israeli Arabs, those in PA-controlled areas, or Gaza. As many are hostile to Israel and this undermines Jewish-Israeli agriculture, these are less desirable options.

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