This week we learn the laws of Shmita – the sabbatical year. No work is to be done to the land [in Israel] and all produce is to be free for all. We also learn the laws of the Yovel – jubilee year. Servents are to be set free and all land reverts back to the original owners. G-d tells us of the good that comes when the torah is followed and the evils, such as exile and persecution, that will befall the children of Israel if they do not follow the torah.