Ari Bergmann: Giving Wealth a Rest: The Economics of Shemittah

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SUMMARY

In this episode of the 18Forty Podcast, we talk to Ari Bergmann – PhD and financier – about the benefits of shemittah.

The current Hebrew year, 5782, is a shemittah year, a year when the land rests. This has extensive economic effects on Israel’s agricultural community, as farmers are not allowed to work on or profit from their land. Ari, as an expert in both Talmud and finances, weighs in on some important questions.

  • What are the laws and logistics of shemittah?
  • What is the Torah’s motivation for introducing shemittah?
  • How do the laws of shemittah affect power differences created by wealth?

Tune in to hear a conversation about the shemittah year.

Ari Bergmann is the founder and managing principal/CIO of Penso Advisors LLC, A New York-based manager and advisory boutique specializing in derivatives structuring/trading and systemic risk management. Ari attended Ner Yisrael, holds an MA and PhD in comparative religion from Columbia University, and has taught at Yeshiva University, Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Ari lectures widely on the topics of finance, Talmud, and Jewish thought, and is beloved for his knowledge and depth.