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  • 1. Mitzvot of the Land Presentation 2010 5770
  • 2. Table Of Contents
    • The Mitzvot of the Land
    • Importance of the Mitzvot
    • Historical Perspective
    • Precedents
    • Who We Are
    • Rabbinic Approvals
    • How It Works
    • The Benefits
    • Contact Us
    • Appendices
    1/21/2010 Copyright © 2010. Ancient Safed Winery USA
  • 3. The Mitzvot of the Land
    • The Torah describes Mitzvot (Commandments) to perform on the land and on produce of the Land of Israel
    • Mitzvot of the Land were kept for thousands of years while Jews worked and lived in the Land of Israel
    • G-d promised bountiful abundance and wealth to those who keep the Mitzvot and those who Tithe the produce of the Land
    • The Mitzvot are performed on a constant, continual basis by farmers, vintners and landowners
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  • 4. Importance of the Mitzvot
    • Our Sages say, "Tithes [ Maaser, generally, the Mitzvot of the Land ] are a Protective Fence for Wealth" (Avot 3:17)
    • One who performs the tithing of produce of the Land (in addition to tithing of income) will merit to receive even greater fortune, as the Talmud expounds on the Torah statement:
      • Devarim / Deuteronomy 14:22 [Transl. "Tithe shall you tithe, the entire crop of your planting, the produce of the field, year by year."].  
    • "Give Tithes so that You Will Become Wealthy" (Talmud Taanit 9a)
    • In the merit of Jews keeping the Shmittah (the Seventh Year, or the Shabbat of the Land) laws, G-d’s abundant blessings are promised in the subsequent years
    • In the merit of keeping Shmittah and other Mitzvot of the Land, the Jewish people receive G-d’s reward of remaining in the Land of Israel amidst abundance
    • The Torah singles out the laws of Shmittah of the land because failure to keep them causes exile from the land" (Seforno 25:1)
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  • 5. Historical Perspective
    • The Talmud states that Moshe Rabbeinu (Moses our Teacher) begged G-d to allow him to enter the Land of Israel and to perform the Mitzvot that can only be observed there.
    • The Mitzvot of the Land have been performed in an unbroken chain since Joshua and the Jewish people entered the Land of Israel over 3,400 years ago
    • Jews who keep the Mitzvot of the Land are called “Mighty Men of Power” – the only other time this term is used is when the Jewish nation accepted G-d’s Torah at Mount Sinai
    • Just as Shabbat (Sabbath) is the weekly cycle through which we demonstrate our complete trust in G-d, so too, from the blessings of the Land He gave us, we Tithe, we give to the poor and we keep His Shabbat of the Land holy (Sefer HaChinuch 84)
    • The Land of Israel is the “King’s Palace”. The produce of the King’s Palace is special – and just as our sustenance is derived from His produce we grow in the Palace, we must ensure that it is kept holy and portions are separated appropriately – so that we benefit from the blessings of His handiwork (Sefer HaChinuch 385 & Sefer Chareidim)
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  • 6. Precedents
    • Rabbi Ovadia Yosef - former Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel
      • Discourse & Ruling on the Subject
    • The Ben Ish Chai - Maran Rabbi Yosef Chaim of Bagdad
      • Performed a similar transaction through his Agent in the Holy Land
    • The Chayei Adam - Rabbi Avraham Danzig of Poland
      • Performed a similar transaction through his Agent in the Holy Land
    • Collective Farms in Israel
      • Offering similar transactions, sanctioned by leading Rabbis in Israel
      • Sanctioned by the Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi of Israel
    • The Ari HaKadosh , z"l, Tzfat, Eretz Yisrael & the Zohar
        • Discusses the impact on the Neshama (Jewish Soul) of performing the Mitzvot of the Land
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  • 7. Who We Are
    • Ancient Safed Winery USA
    • A USA-based company
    • Managed and directed by strict adherence to Halacha & Kashrut
    • Exclusive, authorized agents of Ancient Safed Winery Ltd, in Tzfat, Israel
    • We lease Vines and the land it grows on to Jewish individuals and groups in the USA and worldwide
    • US Operations
    • Customer Service
    • Educational department
    • We focus on making the Mitzvot of the Land accessible to, and fulfilled by, all Jews in the USA and worldwide
    1/21/2010 Copyright © 2010. Ancient Safed Winery USA
  • 8. Rabbinic Approvals – Onsite Kashrut*
    • Rabbi Shmuel Eliahu
      • Chief Rabbi & Head of Rabbanut, Tzfat, Israel
      • Kosher Supervision of the Ancient Safed Winery, Tzfat, Israel
    • Rabbi Mordechai Bistritzky
      • Chief Supervisor, Kashrut, Rabbanut, Tzfat, Israel
    • Rabbi Yosef Almashali
      • Chief Rabbi & Head of Regional Rabbanut, Marom HaGalil, Israel
      • Mitzvot of the Land (Orlah) Supervision
    • Rabbi Chaim Melavski
      • Onsite Kashrut Supervisor, Ancient Safed Winery, Tzfat, Israel
    1/21/2010 Copyright © 2010. Ancient Safed Winery USA * There are no Kashrut implications related to the grapes or the wine. The lease is ONLY on the Vine, the land surrounding it, and the Mitzvot performed on the grapes & land – NOT the wine.
  • 9. Rabbinic Approvals - Leasing Process
    •   Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s Ruling on the Process
    • The Ben Ish Chai’s Ruling on the Process & Historical Precedents
    • The Chayei Adam’s Ruling on the Process
    • The Holy Ari z”l - The Kabalistic Quality of the Mitzvot of the Land
    • Rabbinic Approvals of the Process:
      • Harav Yona Metzger – the current Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Israel
      • Harav Simcha HaCohen Kuk - Chief Rabbi and Av Bet Din Rehovot
      • Harav Sh'ar-Yashuv Kohen - Chief Rabbi of Haifa
      • Harav Shmuel Eliahu - Chief Rabbi of Tzfat
      • Harav Dov Lior - Chief Rabbi of Hevron
      • Harav Zalman Baruch Melamed - Rosh Yeshivat Bet El
    • American Rabbinical Leader’s approvals
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  • 10. How It Works
    • You lease ( same as rent ) a Vine in the Land of Israel for only $1 per Day!
    • The renter is the “Lessee” and can be:
      • An Individual leasing a Vine
      • An Individual with an “In Memoriam” (“L’Ilui Nishmat”) dedication
      • As a present to a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or Bride/Groom
    • You receive full documentation of your Lease Agreements & Contracts in Hebrew & English
    • The Mitzvot of the Land performed in the Vineyard for you by your Shaliach (Agent) are Halachically considered being fulfilled by you
    • Multiple billing options to your Credit Card
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  • 11. How It Works, Monthly Billing Option 1/21/2010 Copyright © 2010. Ancient Safed Winery USA
    • " Mitzvot Of The Land Monthly Lease "
    • Only $ 1 per day, gives you:
      •  Lease of a complete Vine with all the rights to the Mitzvot of the Land for one (1) month at a time – that is, $1 per Day !
      •  T he Mitzvot of the Land performed by the Vineyard owners are considered fulfilled by you
      •  Documentation:
            •   A Lease Certificate in English
            •   A Bill-of-Sale from the Vineyard in Hebrew confirming your lease
            •   Lessee's name (s) & their leased Vine location is documented in the Vineyard's records , a copy sent to you
      •  Unlimited watering of your Vine as many times as you wish, when you come to Israel (travel not included)
      •   Billed Monthly to your credit card, 30-day cancellation notice
      •  Certificates, Documents, Printing, Processing, Priority Shipping & Handling included in the one-time, Initial Signup Fee of $25
  • 12. How It Works, Monthly Billing Option 1/21/2010 Copyright © 2010. Ancient Safed Winery USA
  • 13. How It Works – Other Billing Options 1/21/2010 Copyright © 2010. Ancient Safed Winery USA
    • Halachic Basis for Fractional Ownership *:
    • Mitzvot , including Mitzvot of the Land, are fulfilled by ALL partners in the object of the Mitzvah. Examples:
      • Korban Pesach (Passover Offering)
      • Hekdaish (Sanctifying an animal to the temple)
      • Mitzvot of the Land – produce owned by partners
    • * See the website for more Halachic sources
  • 14. How It Works, cont.
    • You receive:
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    • In addition to:
    • Presentation Jacket Folder for all documents
    • Copies of all Rabbinic Approvals
    • Monthly Newsletter
    • Vineyard Calendar with Mitzvah Updates
    • Discount on wines from the Ancient Safed Winery
    • Tour of the Ancient Safed Winery & water your Vine (when you visit the area – scheduling required, travel not included)
    • Other benefits ( periodically updated )
      • A “Shtar Kniyah”
      • from the Vineyard
      • (Hebrew )
      • A map of the Vineyard
      • with your Vine identified
      • A Bill-of-Sale from ASW-USA (English)
  • 15. The Benefits 1/21/2010 Copyright © 2010. Ancient Safed Winery USA
    • Physical
    • In these challenging times, you are financially and morally supporting:
    • The State of Israel;
    • Businesses and the economy of Israel;
    • Jewish-owned land growing the wines of Israel;
    • The winegrowers community in Israel;
    • Export production of Israeli products;
    • Numerous families that work in the vineyards and wineries in the area;
    • The Cities of Tzfat and the neighboring towns;
    • Shmittah-year farmers and their families.
  • 16. The Benefits, cont. 1/21/2010 Copyright © 2010. Ancient Safed Winery USA
    • Spiritual
    • In these turbulent days of spiritual challenges:
    • Numerous Mitzvot are being performed for you every day for the entire period your billing is active!
    • You fulfill numerous Mitzvot that benefit you spiritually
    • You fulfill the Mitzvot that even Moshe Rabbeinu was not allowed to perform
    • You participate in ensuring that the Jewish people will remain in their Land and will merit the Redemption soon in our days
    • You can perform the Mitzvot “In Memoriam” of a loved one whereby just like saying a Kaddish, the Mitzvot of the Land benefit their Neshama (Jewish Soul) as well
  • 17. Appendices ( see website )
    • Certificates
      • Lessee Certificate
      • Bill-of-Sale (“Shtar Kniya”) from the Vineyard
      • Vineyard Map
    • Rabbinic Approvals of the Ancient Safed Winery & Vineyards
      • Harav Shmuel Eliahu
      • Harav Yosef Almashali
    • Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s Ruling on the Process
    • The Ben Ish Chai’s Ruling on the Process & Historical Precedents
    • The Ari z”l Description of the Kabalistic Quality of the Mitzvot of the Land
    • Rabbinic Approvals of the Process:
      • Harav Yona Metzger – the current Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Israel
      • Harav Simcha HaCohen Kuk - Chief Rabbi and Av Bet Din Rehovot
      • Harav Sh'ar-Yashuv Kohen - Chief Rabbi of Haifa
      • Harav Shmuel Eliahu - Chief Rabbi of Tzfat
      • Harav Dov Lior - Chief Rabbi of Hevron
      • Harav Zalman Baruch Melamed - Rosh Yeshivat Bet El
    1/21/2010 Copyright © 2010. Ancient Safed Winery USA
  • 18. Contact Us 1/21/2010 Copyright © 2010. Ancient Safed Winery USA Thank You! info 244 Fifth Avenue Suite 2197 New York, NY 10001