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Rashi says

What does the subject of Shemittah have with Mount Sinai? Were not all the commandments stated from Sinai? However, [this teaches us that] just as with Shemittah, its general principles and its finer details were all stated from Sinai, likewise, all of them were stated-their general principles [together with] their finer details-from Sinai.

Yet, in all other mitzvos (Shabbos, for example), one who violates a Tolda of an Aveira has still Biblically violated that Aveira. However, one who violates a Tolda of Shmitta did not.

What does Rashi mean?

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Are you sure the Rambam means derabanan and not just that there is no onesh? – Double AA May 17 '12 at 19:49
@DoubleAA I thought Makas Mardus means it's only punishable derabanan – Shmuel Brin May 17 '12 at 20:16
Only punishable derabanan, but maybe still assur deorayta. And maybe not. We would have to check somehow. – Double AA May 17 '12 at 20:17
That's all part of the "general principles [together with] their finer details". At Sinai all the details of the laws of Shemita were told, including the fact that only specific Tuldot are punishable. – Menachem May 17 '12 at 20:52
Shmuel Brin, I'm not following how your question is related to Rashi. – YDK May 17 '12 at 21:15

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