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Is it permissible to burn chametz that contains shemitah produce?

Rabbi Moshe Bloom, Nissan 5782

Is it permissible to burn chametz that contains shemitah produce, such as banana bread?

Repaying neighbors with shemitah produce

Rabbi Itzhak Dvir

Before Shabbat I saw I was short on carrots, so I borrowed a few from my next-door neighbor. I just restocked with otzar beit din carrots. Can I "repay" my neighbor with these carrots that have kedushat shevi'it, or is it like repaying a debt with kedushat shevi'it produce?

Offering a non-Jewish caregiver kedushat shevi'it produce

Rabbi Moshe Bloom

My elderly father is cared for in our home by a live-in foreign, gentile caregiver. Can we offer him our kedushat shevi'it fruits and vegetables, or is this like using kedushat shevi'it produce as wages?

Uprooting kila'im during Shemitah

Rabbi Moshe Bloom

Do I need to uproot Kila'im in my garden during the shemitah year?

Orlah fruit and kedushat shevi'it

Rabbi Moshe Bloom

 I have a tree in my yard that just entered its fourth year on 15 Shevat. I know that if we have a tree with orlah fruit hanging on it, we should remove the fruit so that (1) it doesn't get mixed up with neta revay fruit that will develop later on and (2) anyone who comes into the yard to take shemitah fruits doesn't inadvertently take prohibited orlah fruit.

Does this fruit have kedushat shevi'it, meaning does it have to be double-bagged or just thrown away regularly?

Taking kedushat shevi'it produce with you on a plane

Rabbi Moshe Bloom

Can I take Kedushah produce with me on the plane?

Feeding weeds to chickens during shemitah

Feeding weeds to chickens during shemitah

At this time of year, chickweed and milk thistle generally sprout, and I usually feed them to my chickens. Am I allowed to do that this year? If so, in what way?

Edible weeds

Rabbi Moshe Bloom

My neighbor has edible weeds that sprout around now in her garden, namely wood sorrel (חמציץ, Jerusalemites often call them חמצוץ). Can I eat them during shemitah or are they considered sefichin?

Separating terumot and ma'aserot from heter mechirah produce

Rabbi Moshe Bloom

We went on a trip to Kadesh Barnea (in the Aravah, near the Egyptian border) and bought cherry tomatoes. I know the area is considered olei Mitzrayim. The tomatoes were certified by the rabbinate and heter mechirah was performed. The tour guide said that terumot and ma'aserot were taken from the produce. Is it necessary to separate terumot and ma'aserot from produce that grew during the shemitah year under heter mechirah?

Joining Agudas Shemita

Rabbi Moshe Bloom

I read an advertisement on observing the mitzvah of shemitah through Agudas Shmita. You sign up on the website, and appoint the organization as your agent to purchase land on your behalf. That is, you buy land in Israel (starting from 1X1 amah to 4X4 amot) for the duration of the shemitah year. The land is officially registered under your name and you relinquish ownership of the crops during the shemitah year. In this way, you observe two mitzvot: "During the seventh year you will remit it and abandon it" and "The land will rest a sabbatical unto G-d." Each person receives a precise map noting the piece of land they purchased. This parcel is privately-owned land (it does not belong to the Israel Land Administration) between Yavniel and Tiberius. It says that Agudas Shmita has the support of many rabbis from the Ashkenazi and Sephardi Chareidi community, and also has legal guidance.

This land is worked during the sixth year; in this way, donors will merit the blessing "and I command my blessing to you during the sixth year." At the beginning of the shemitah year, a sign will be put up that the produce is ownerless. They also write that women are obligated in the mitzvah of shemitah. The rabbi heading the organization is Rabbi Shmuel Eliezer Stern, rabbi of western Benei Berak and the av beit din of Sha'arei Hora'ah.

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