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On chabad.org it says the following: On the way out of the cemetery, it is customary to pull out some grass, throw it back over the shoulder, and recite the passage below. This symbolizes the Resurrection of the Dead in the era of Moshiach, when the body will awaken and return from the dust of the earth, as it is written, "And may they blossom ...


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You asked: Is this a Jewish minhag? If so, what is the source for it? Yes. it is mentioned in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 199:10 - סימן קצט - דין הקבורה ובית הקברות "The custom - when leaving a cemetery - is to pluck some grass and throw it behind one's back, and say זָכוּר כִּי עָפָר אֲנָחְנוּ - remember that we are dust." You asked: What does it mean? ...


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According to a shiur I heard recently, there's a Machlokes Rishonim (early Poskim argue) about whether the Mitzva of Shmitta is: Don't work your land - but your land may work. Your land may not work - no matter who and how the work involved. This - apparently - directly affects the answer to your question, as well as to whether you may lease/sell your ...


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I've tried the paper towel/aluminum foil (my father's method) idea, keeping them in the fridge, and keeping them in water. One year I got a whole lot of them and experimented with around seven different methods for each pair, to see at the end of the week which method would be the best. The winner (and what I've been doing every year since then): wet them ...


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After Sukkos is over (and you don't need them for mitzvah purposes anymore), collect your leftover aravah branches that you used for ד' מינים and הושענות. (You may also want to collect other's branches, because many people just leave their הושענות in shul when they're done with them -- that's another 5 branches per bundle!) Place the branches in ...


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The Chochmas Adam 89:1 wrote that the Vilna Gaon abolished the minhag of decorating the synagogue with trees in honor of Shavuos because of the problem of Chukkas HaGoy (i.e. the practice of decorating a tree for the Christian's Holiday). The Chochmas Adam held that such a problem would even justify nullifying a practice mentioned (but not commanded) in the ...


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It is only prohibited to cut down trees for no purpose, but what "purpose" includes is hard to define. Rambam Laws of Kings 6:9 deals with your case directly, however: כל אילן סרק מותר לקוץ אותו ואפילו אינו צריך לו. וכן אילן מאכל שהזקין ואינו עושה אלא דבר מועט שאינו ראוי לטרוח בו. מותר לקוץ אותו. It is permissible to cut down any non-fruit bearing ...


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Strictly speaking, Peah doesn't have to be from the corners of the field. (Mishnah Peah 1:3). The mishnah says that the minimum measure of a field that should be reserved for peah is 1/60th (Mishnah Peah 1:2) although there's no maximum, so I would assume the same ratios would apply to a round field. Peah is also usually left to one side of a field, so it ...


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The Rambam (Kilayim 1:3) and the Shulchan Aruch (YD 297:2) explicitly rule that the issue of Kilaei Zeraim (planting mixtures of edible seeds (except grapes)) only applies in the Land of Israel and a Jew can even plant his own mixtures outside of Israel on purpose.


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It's pure geometry. The simplest example of this in 3D is that the surface area of a hemisphere is double the surface area of a flat circle, so if you grow things on the surface you have double the area (wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphere). Area of circle = pi*r*r Area of curved part of hemisphere = 2*pi*r*r EDIT: Obviously, this is just a simple example to ...


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See: אהלי שם : אוצר פסקי המועדים who writes that one who uses water grown plants has what to rely on, though ideally one should avoid using them. This comes at the end of a discussion (and list of sources) on plants grown in a pot. Seemingly, the same would apply to your other categories.


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It seems that the Mishna (the source of what you are quoting) differentiates between an open miracle and a natural miracle. Once one has started measuring one's granary - then if it increases it's an open miracle. Open miracles are too obvious and rarely happen. Before one has started measuring, then an increase is impossible to prove. The Mishna suggests ...


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My father's solution: put them inside a moist paper towel, inside aluminum foil. After using them, leave them in the fridge, until you need them the next day. You might also consider replacing them half-way through, which is cheap if you buy them, free if you grow your own (which I do ;).


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The Gemara in Bava Kamma 91b discusses this: אמר רב דיקלא דטען קבא אסור למקצציה מיתיבי כמה יהא בזית ולא יקצצו רובע שאני זיתים דחשיבי א"ר חנינא לא שכיב שיבחת ברי אלא דקץ תאינתא בלא זמנה אמר רבינא ואם היה מעולה בדמים מותר תניא נמי הכי (דברים כ, כ) רק עץ אשר תדע זה אילן מאכל כי לא עץ מאכל הוא זה אילן סרק וכי מאחר שסופו לרבות כל דבר מה ת"ל כי לא עץ מאכל ...


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I'm making this a "community wiki" post so others can edit it more easily (and I don't get reputation points for it). Please edit! Tevel. Orla. R'vay, t'ruma, peret, etc., depending on circumstances. Nosar, pigul, lan baazara, etc. Kil'ay hakerem. Tikroves avoda zara. Ir hanidachas. Ashera. Arbaa minim and s'chach and Sukka decorations on Sukos. (S'chach ...


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The bracha on smelling Rose water is borei atzei besamim (Orach Chaim 216:3). Rose water is produced via condensed steam as discussed http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_water


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It's in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch - in סימן נח - דין ברכת הריח. סעיף א': כְּשֵׁם שֶׁאָסוּר לְאָדָם לֵהָנוֹת מִמַּאֲכָל אוֹ מַשְׁקֶה קֹדֶם שֶׁיְבָרֵךְ, כָּךְ אָסוּר לוֹ לֵהָנוֹת מֵרֵיחַ טוֹב קֹדֶם שֶׁיְבָרֵךְ, עָלָיו, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר, כָּל הַנְּשָׁמָה תְּהַלֵּל יָה. אֵיזֶהוּ דָּבָר שֶׁהַנְּשָׁמָה נֶהֱנֵית מִמֶּנּוּ וְאֵין הַגּוּף נֶהֱנֶה מִמֶּנּוּ. הֱוֵי ...


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Here is a picture (linked from here). There are several per tree.


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Years ago, my shul used spruce branches. They are fairly large, smell great and certainly stay green. One catch, perhaps, is that there may be certain varieties that shed more than others, so make sure that what you get is extremely fresh. In my area, a few Succah supply stores sold bundles of spruce branches, and I think Home Depot had them, as well. Most ...


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My father used branches of a weeping willow. There happened to be one growing in a nearby yard. They stayed green long enough, and I never noticed any bug problems (although I was never so finicky, so I could have just missed them). If you are putting them over the bamboo poles, then you also don't have to worry about them drooping. If you find someone ...


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Palm fronds work very well. My family uses them each year along with the bamboo. They get brown and the leaves fall off after sukkot, if they start green.


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http://www.halachipedia.com/index.php?title=Aravot The Mishna (33b) writes that a dry aravah is disqualified, while a withered one is valid. The Rif (16a), Rambam (8:1), and Rosh (3:13) all codify this Mishna as halacha. To clarify the boundary described by the Mishna, Rambam explains that an aravah is valid as long as it is not completely dry. ...


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Since the vegetables have grown (somewhat) during Shmita, then even moving them to a non-Shmita location, would not remove the Shmita status. If part of the vegie is Shmita, the entire vegie is Shmita. Source: Mishna in Shvi'is 6:3. Relevant parts of the Bartenura: בְּצָלִים שֶׁל שִׁשִּׁית שֶׁנִּכְנְסוּ לַשְּׁבִיעִית, וְיָרְדוּ עֲלֵיהֶם גְּשָׁמִים ...


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If I'm not mistaken, what you saw as "open/dispersed leaves" were, at one point, closed lulavim that later spread out. כך שמעתי.


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According to a shmita gardening guide from the Israeli Religions Ministry, it seems that grass should be planted at least a month before shmita starts, as with a tree. They even recommend having it in before Tammuz, if i understand correctly. (See page 25 of linked document).


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One of the requirements for schach is that it be something which cannot become tamei (impure), and therefore it cannot be a kli. In other words, it can't have been fashioned by a human with the intention of being used for something else. Therefore bamboo poles which were previously used for building a lion cage could not be used for schach. Every so often I ...


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R Avrohom Yeshaya Karelitz (Chazon Ish Shevi'it 5:12) writes that were we to give Maaser Rishon nowadays to Leviyim on the basis that they claim the Levi Aliya in Shul, more people would lie and pretend to be Leviyim because of the financial benefit. However, most authorities seem to think that Maaser Rishon (taken from certain Tevel) should (at least ...



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