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Pruning fruit trees during shemitah

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Pruning fruit trees during shemitah

Branches may be pruned (under certain circumstances) only through the blossoming stage.

After fruits begin to develop on the branches, it will be forbidden to prune the branch until the fruits reach a third of their size. So don't wait, if you need to prune do it now!

Pruning is possible under certain circumstances: ex: to save the tree, if branches pose a hazard, block passage, etc. If you are not sure, please don't hesitate to ask.


Rabbi Netanel Oyerbach of Torah VeHa'aretz explains (don't forget to turn on English subtitles!):