Bigger Results in Shorter Time
The coming year is going to be shmitah, every seven years, the seventh year is called shmitah. Shmitah has a lot of halachot (laws) such as rest the land. Even though these laws apply only to Eretz Israel, there is a possibility for people outside of Eretz Israel to relate to it. In first instance, Shmitah is like the Shabbat of the years, it is not possible not to do any melacha (work) for an entire year, so that is why there are some laws that do apply, mainly in regards to the land.
Shmitah is a year where the concept of not doing a melacha is latent making it comparable to Shabbat. Because of this special quality, there is a big debate between the mekubalim (kabbalists) about if the meditations should change because of shmitah or not. There are many mekubalim in the Bet-El yeshiva, where they follow the ways of the Rashash, that do not do the meditations of the beginning of the prayer until the word “b-ahava”.
To understand why the split in the prayer is in the word “b-ahava”and why the split on working or not working the land, we have to establish some concepts first; the beginning of the prayer is called “the building of the back side” and the second part of the prayer is called “the building of the front part”. The link between these two parts is the word “b-ahava”, this link has a tremendous impact in the whole process of the tikun. So, the Rashash explains, that during shmitah year, the work of the back side is getting done by itself, we do not have to make any of the meditations, we only say the words. Starting the mediations after the word b-ahava shows how spiritually elevated is the year by itself, we are at a certain level by default that we are able to bring these two parts to face each other.
From the special elevation that shmitah has by its own, we learn that if a person wants and is working on his spiritual elevation, on becoming closer to Hashem or/and on self growth, there is no doubt that shmitah is the perfect time to achieve better results in shorter time. Since the person is already starting from an elevated point, with the usual effort that he would do during regular years, he will have a bigger and fastest impact.
Right now, in Eretz Israel, there is a big call for people who work the land, to let it rest and go learn for a year in the Bet Midrash. Following this same line of thought but on a deeper level, the land is a metaphorical representation of the Shechina (Divine Presence) and the workers of the land are the metaphorical representation of the mekubalim that are involved with working on the Shechina, meaning to prepare the Shechina for the unity. The commandment of the shmitah is not to work the land, so we see that the unity is happening by itself. Even the biggest mekubalim have a limitation on what they know, but Hashem has no limits, so we can be assured that the whole work is being done properly.
Rabbi Shepherd is inviting us and giving us his blessing for us to pray for Hashem to give us the merit of seeing the elevation of the whole world, to see the revelation of the kingdom of Hashem with the reconstruction of the Bet Hamikdash and the coming of Mashiach.