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Kashering a Pot Used to Cook Teruma
I separated terumot and ma'aserot from my potatoes, and accidentally cooked the potatoes that I set aside. How do I kasher the pot?
Viduy and Bi’ur Ma’aserot
How do we fulfill in our days the Mitzva of Viduy and Bi'ur Ma'aserot?
Determining the ma’aser year for fruit that blooms early
Loquat and almond trees bloom early, some before Tu BiShevat, and some afterwards. How do I take teruma and ma’aser from these fruit?
Homemade wine: teruma and ma’aser
This year I prepared wine from grapes harvested after Sukkot. Ma’aser was not taken from these grapes, and I was told that I should set aside the ma’aser only after I finish making the wine. When is it considered the end of the wine-making process? Can I put off taking ma’aser until the wine is completely ready, after I transfer it into little bottles? Or can I only take the ma’aser when the wine is all together in the big bottle? Is there a different text for taking ma’aser on wine? I obviously can’t say “at the north” or “south” of the fruit.
Giving ma’aser ani today: here’s a half-an-orange to help you out?!
How can I actually give my ma’aser ani? It’s not really practical to find poor people each time I pick a few oranges from my tree to give them a slice.
Is it OK to snack on fruits or vegetables growing in a hothouse without taking teruma and ma’aser?
My question is as follows: Does the rule of “seeing the inside of the house,” apply to crops grown in a hothouse, meaning that it would it be forbidden to snack on fruit or vegetables in the hothouse without first taking teruma and ma’aser?
During the shemita year, we heard that many poskim view hothouses as a house for halachic purposes.
Calculating orlah years and neta revay for new and mature trees
Thank G-d we moved into our new home and planted young saplings on 1 Kislev 5774. Can we eat from the fruit now? If not now, when? My uncle planted more mature trees. Do the same laws apply in this instance? If the fruit is still forbidden for consumption, what do we do with the fruit? Can you also explain, in detail, what I am supposed to do in the fourth year?
Is passionfruit subject to the laws of orlah?
I planted a passionfruit vine as a living fence. Do I have to wait three years to eat the fruit?
Permaculture and kilaim
I was wondering what the halachic implications of companion gardening and permaculture are.
Is there a way to plant a field this way without violating kila'im?
Uprooting a fruit tree that yields sour fruit
I have two questions that relate to uprooting fruit trees:
- We have a grapefruit tree that yields sour grapefruit, so we don’t fertilize or water the tree. Since we don’t like the fruit, the grapefruits are left on the tree until they fall on their own. The result is that our yard is littered with dozens of rotten, foul-smelling fruit that attract insects. In light of this, would it be permitted to cut down the tree?
- In our yard there is an area of 4x4 m that is much higher than the ground level in the rest of the yard, so we can’t use it as part of our yard and we would like to level it. In the middle of this area there is a fruit tree. If we leave the tree in place, we would need to install a cement wall around it to secure the soil underneath that tree. Furthermore, should we leave the tree in place it will make it more difficult to level the ground and make the leveling process much more expensive. Would it then be permissible to uproot the tree to avoid the expenses involved in keeping the tree in place?