Below is an article I received from Kinyan Eretz Yisrael. After reading up on them, I feel it sounds like a wonderful organization. This kind of mitzvah is right up my alley and I love their goal: to provide all Jews with the opportunity to fulfill the mitzvot hataluyot ba'Aretz and to assist our precious Jewish farmers.
For those familiar with Sam Finkel's ground-breaking book, Rebels in the Holy Land: Mazkeret Batya - An Early Battleground for the Soul of Israel, here is an opportunity to honor the Shemitah sacrifice of the Jewish farmers of Mezkeret Batya by joining with their modern-day descendants in these precious mitzvot.
To learn more about those original farmers and their heroism, please click here:
Kinyan Eretz Yisrael articles.
Some people have made this kinyan in heartwarming ways, like a girls' class that collectively bought a plot or wives who bought their husband a plot as a surprise gift.
UPDATE: I was originally not offered nor did I receive ANY compensation, financial or otherwise, for posting this article and directing attention to their beautiful initiative. I initially posted this out of my own research and personal belief alone.
However, a couple of months after the initial publication of this post, I became an affiliate of Kinyan Eretz Yisrael and most of the links (but not all) in this post are affiliate links. (Meaning, if you use that link to access Kinyan Eretz Yisrael's lease page and make a purchase, I get a small percentage but at NO extra cost to you.)
If you use the affiliate link, then I'm very grateful. If not, you still get a tremendous mitzvah connected to Eretz Yisrael.
Kinyan Eretz Yisrael
(by the staff of Kinyan Eretz Yisrael)
Sounds crazy? Of course! What could it be that we've been missing?
But this is exactly the idea behind the foundation of Kinyan Eretz Yisrael, an organization dedicated to enabling Jews to perform the Mitzvot of the Land of Yisrael.
We are here talking about no less than 28 Mitzvot which are now available to Jews without leaving home.
Anyone wishing to acquire a parcel of land from these two farms can go to Kinyan Eretz Yisrael's website, fill out the form, and purchase. From this point onward, the buyer will have enough halachic ownership in order to be halachically credited with these Mitzvot!
This means that the buyer can go to the field during harvest time, usually around Tammuz, and perform the Mitzvot himself. The team of Kinyan Eretz Yisrael's rabbis go to the fields every year during one week so that everyone can join in and perform these Mitzvot by themselves.
In case someone can't participate in the ceremony, the rabbis will perform the Mitzvot as agents and all the produce will be promptly donated to poor Jewish families.
As it turns out, Kinyan Eretz Yisrael received Haskamot from great names such as HaRav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv ZT"L, HaRav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman ZT"L, HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita, HaRav Shmuel Kamenetsky Shlita, HaRav Yehuda Ades Shlita, the Admor of Belz Shlita, and many others.
Urged by the gedolim, Rabbi Meir has been reaching out to English-speaking communities abroad and the responses have been way better than he expected.
It's known that almost three hundred years ago, none less than the Vilna Gaon participated in such an enterprise with his disciples who made Aliyah. The practice was discontinued, but now our generation is gifted with the modern version, easily attainable by anyone interested.
As Rosh Hashanah approaches, this is an opportune time to accrue extra merit in Shamayim. May we all be found zocheh in Hashem's eyes and be inscribed in the Book of Life!
“From here we learn that whoever purchases four amos in Eretz Yisroel is guaranteed a portion in the World to Come” (Midrash Zuta, Koheles 7)