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Separating terumot and ma’aserot at a cherry picking festival
There is a cherry picking festival taking place in Gush Etzion, and I’d like to go with a few friends. You can pick cherries, blueberries, and raspberries.
- Is there a problem with orlah (is there supervision by the Gush Etzion rabbinate)?
- If we pay upfront and it’s “all you can eat,” how can we eat the fruit without first taking terumot and ma’aserot, and at which point do we need to separate them? The same question regarding eating the fruit in the car on the way home.
- I know there are guidelines about checking fruit for infestation (and that raspberries are very difficult to check). Do you have current information about infestation status?
This seems like such a nice event, and it is difficult for me to believe that in a place like Gush Etzion, where there are so many observant Jews, there would be a festival that would trip people up in eating tevel mide’oriyta.
Pesach: Selling products with wheat ingredients together with the chametz
Can I sell products containing wheat protein (like soluble soup mix) together with the chametz?
Sukkut: a Grafted Etrog
I see that it says on all the etrog boxes “not grafted.” What exactly does that mean?
Birkat ha’ilanot on trees grafted in a forbidden manner
Can one say birkat ha’ilanot on trees grafted in a forbidden fashion?
Soaking lettuce on Shabbat
I saw on your website your responsum where you permitted soaking Chasalat leaves on Shabbat in soapy water, and said that you don’t have to worry about killing insects. You didn’t relate to the prohibition of borer (like soaking vetch). Is borer an issue here?
Decorative Pumpkin Seeds – Kilei Zera'im
I bought a seed packet that says "decorative pumpkin small fruit – Curcubita pepo small mixed." The picture on the packet shows pumpkins of various colors and sizes. Am I allowed to plant them in my garden, with a 50 cm distance one from another?
The ins and outs of taking challah
Is the mitzvah of taking challah tied to the Land of Israel? Does it apply abroad? Could you also please tell me, in short, what laws and procedures are involved in this mitzvah?
Pesach: Hydroponically grown maror (1)
Does one fulfill the obligation of maror grown hydroponically?
Pesach: Selling products with wheat flour or protien
Are we supposed to sell products what include wheat protein or wheat flour (soup mix, for example) with the chametz?
Pesach: What do we do with sheaves of wheat during Pesach
We went for a nature hike and the kids gathered sheaves of wheat. Is it permissible to keep these sheaves for decoration, even during Pesach, or is it considered chametz gamur? What should we do with all the sheaves?