Leviticus mentions a 'Sabbath year' where they were supposed to give the land a rest:
The LORD said to Moses on Mount Sinai, 2“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a sabbath to the LORD. 3For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. 4But in the seventh year the land is to have a sabbath of rest, a sabbath to the LORD. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards. 5Do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the grapes of your untended vines. The land is to have a year of rest. (Leviticus 25:1-5)
How was this’ rest’ observed, did most Israelites actually 'take the year off'. If so, that sounds like a great thing to observe! If they were not attending the fields, and if there was no current war to contend with, what were they doing during this time?
Was this supposed to symbolize anything new not already symbolized in the Sabbath day?
I am interested in how this was actually practiced by the participants, or what meaning they perceived under it historically. Not so much what meaning we would derive from it, if it was practiced today.
Ho would you avoid being lazy during this celebration?