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What is the significance of the words "Shabbos la'Hashem"?

1.

Rashi: To teach us that on Shemitah, like on Shabbos, 1 one desists from the forbidden Melachos for the sake of Hashem (and not for our own benefit). 2

2.

Ramban: The Torah writs "Shabbos la'Hashem" in connection with Shabbos Bereishis, because Hashem Kevayachol, rested on it, 3 which is why we may do no Melachah on it. And it uses the same expression regarding the Shemitah because it is the seventh (the Shabbos) of the cycle of years.

3.

Seforno: It implies that, since one is not occupied with tilling the land, one should spend the year in the service of Hashem, 4 to a certain degree even the farmers, who are not on such a high level. 5


1

Rashi: Where the Torah uses the same expression (in Yisro, 20:10). See Ramban's objection to this explanation.

2

To prompt the land to produce a bountiful harvest in the ensuing years.

3

As the Torah testifies in Bereishis, 2:2.

4

Seforno: Just as one is supposed to do on Shabbos, where the Torah uses the same expression (in Yisro, 20:10).

5

See Seforno on Pasuk 4.

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