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Kilei Zera’im

Kilei Zera’im

A short and practical halachic guide on the main laws pertaining to kilei zera'im, the forbidden interplanting of seeds, relevant to anyone with a home garden.
Rabbi Moshe Bloom, Torah VeHa’aretz Institute Mitzvot of the Land
Laws of Taking Challah

Laws of Taking Challah

Hafrashat challah, taking challah, is one of the unique mitzvot tied to the Land of Israel and applies in Israel and abroad. This halachic guide outlines the laws of taking challah and describes the procedure.
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Terumot and Ma’aserot 101: a Halachic Guide

Terumot and Ma’aserot 101: a Halachic Guide

The 40 basic concepts below relate to all aspects of terumot and ma’aserot. This guide describes the various gifts, when they are given, and more.
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Shemitat Kesafim and Pruzbul Guide

Shemitat Kesafim and Pruzbul Guide

The Cancellation of Debts Everywhere, Laws of the Shemitat Kesafim and Pruzbul
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Kila'im

Kila'im

An abridged guide on the laws of kila'im, forbidden mixtures: kilei zera'im (seeds), kilei ilan (trees), and kilei kerem (vineyards). The parameters of each prohibition, the distance needed between types of seeds, and the application of kila'im outside of the Land of Israel, among others.
Rabbi Moshe Bloom Mitzvot of the Land
Orlah 101

Orlah 101

Orlah. A major prohibition that applies to fruit before trees complete three years of growth. A unique mitzva tied to the Land of Israel, since it also applies abroad. This comprehensive alphabetical guide covers diverse orlah-related topics, including how orlah years are calculated and when the prohibition applies.
Rabbis of Torah VeHa'aretz Insitute Mitzvot of the Land
Kilei Ilan - Grafting: a Review

Kilei Ilan - Grafting: a Review

The review below lists the standard stock and scion pairs used in nurseries in Israel. Noted are the cultivar pairs that are halachically permissible for grafting are as well as those that that are problematic. Permissible alternatives are presented when such exist.
Rabbi Yoel Friedemann / Meir Frankel, agricultural counselor Mitzvot of the Land
Shehechiyanu: Making a Shehechiyanu on New Fruit Today

Shehechiyanu: Making a Shehechiyanu on New Fruit Today

This article reviews methods that make fruits and vegetables accessible year-round, and discusses how they impact on making the shehechiyanu blessing today.
Yehuda Heller, agronomist, Nissan 5778. Emunat Itecha issue 119 Mitzvot of the Land
Shehechiyanu: practical information

Shehechiyanu: practical information

In today’s age, the concept of “seasonal fruit” is constantly changing. This article features a list of more than 100 common and rare fruits and vegetables and notes each one's halachic status. The list is current as of Tammuz 5778.
Rabbis of Torah VeHa'aretz Institute and Agronomist Yehuda Heller Mitzvot of the Land
What do we do today with terumot and ma'aserot in Israel: a brief overview

What do we do today with terumot and ma'aserot in Israel: a brief overview

How do we take terumot and ma'aserot today and actually give them to their intended destinations in a feasible and halachically optimal manner? Feeding teruma to zoo animals, lighting Shabbat candles with teruma oil, contracts with a levi, and more.
Rabbi Moshe Bloom, Torah VeHa'aretz Institute | Adar 5779, March 2019 Mitzvot of the Land