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It's amazing what you can find on Hebrewbooks!... In Sifsei Chachamim, by R' Avraham Abba Hertzel (Bratislava, 1899), he says that this is based on the Gemara's statement (Megillah 15b, top) that "that wicked man had all of his treasures engraved on his chest" (evidently meaning that he wore a medallion, or something similar, that had all of his possessions ...


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Stuff that grows by itself on public property is exempt from the rules of orla. Source: Radvaz's commentary to Rambam, Maaser Sheni 10:6 (though it's pretty clear from the Rambam himself, 10:5).


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Answer to question regarding benefiting from the fragrance of blossoms of an orlah tree: The Radbaz (Shu"t 1:44) discusses this topic and rules that, if the tree was not planted for its fruits or if only the blossoms are present and the fruit has not yet grown, the fragrance is permitted (i.e. there is no problem of orlah preventing enjoyment of the ...


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The Lubavitcher Rebbe brings this idea in Likkutei Sichos (vol. 36 pg. 75 - free translation): The ultimate purpose in creating the Tree of Knowledge was not merely to serve as a test to Adam HaRishon that he should not eat from it, but rather for man to transform the Tree of Knowledge and elevate it above the concept of death. It is explained in ...


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Etz is Biblical Hebrew; ilan is Rabbinic. Also, etz is ambiguous, since it can mean "tree" or "wood." Thus Rashi (to Gen. 18:4) finds it necessary to gloss תחת העץ as תחת האילן, to make it clear that Avraham was inviting his guests to rest under the shade of a tree rather than under a wooden canopy or something similar.


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The basic rule is that if the two types to be cross-grafted are similar either in the shape of their leaves or the appearance of their fruit, then it is permitted to crossbreed them. There are some exceptions to this, such as if the taste of the two fruits is very different. (Rambam, Hil. Kilayim 3:4ff) Applying this rule, then, to your cases: Rema (Yoreh ...


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The Shulchan Aruch OC 202:6 discusses the bracha on a caper bush[1]. The caper has multiple edible parts including leaves and berries. The Shulchan Aruch says the berries get a HaEtz because they are the main fruit ("Ikkar HaPeri") and the leaves get a HaAdamah. The Shaar HaTziyun sk 41 says the reason the leaves still get a HaAdamah is because the capers ...


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Another answer (suggested here in the Sefer "Kerem Efraim") is that because the tree was created through a miracle, it was not obligated in Orlah. He brings support from the Radak (Malachim Beis 100:4) who writes that the oil that was miraculously created for the wife of Ovadia did not require Maaser to be separated from it. He explains that for the first ...


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The source for this is Torath Kohanim 26:5 [ה] מנין שהעץ עתיד להיות נאכל? תלמוד לומר "עץ פרי"; אם ללמד שהוא עושה פרי, והלא כבר נאמר "עושה פרי"!? אם כן למה נאמר "עץ פרי"? אלא מה פרי נאכל, אף העץ נאכל. BTW, I think that your statement "as in Gan eden" is incorrect. Rashi on Bereshit 1:11 clearly states that the trees didn't do like Hashem ...


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It does not matter how high the tree is, if the Succah is under the tree it is not Kosher. Orach Chaim 626.


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The translations I have seen translate it differently, and effectively elide the vav; either קניניו refers to the rest of Haman's household, or to the fact that his sons were his dearest possessions. From Koren/Sacks: His many sons and his household You hanged on the gallows. From Artscroll: His numerous progeny -- his possessions -- on the ...


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Thanks to Alex's comment elsewhere (which I only saw now), I discovered the Pische S'shuva, YD 294:13, who cites Parach Mate Aharon as saying the soil must last three years, and Shivas Tziyon as qualifying that that's only in eretz Yisrael: in chutz laaretz, he says, [where safek orla is permitted,] the soil must last "a few days".


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The Rebbe Rashab explains in his Kuntres Eitz Chaim (Chapter 10): Kabbalistically the Tree of Knowledge refers to the Divine attribute of Malchus, and the Tree of Life refers to the attributes of Ze'r Anpin. Malchus is the source of the false feeling the world has that it is an entity which enjoys seemingly self-sufficient existence, as if independent of its ...


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Per the Tzitz Eliezer 12:20-6 you may say the Bracha at night so long you can properly discern the tree.


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I'm afraid the bracha you are referring to is only on the blossoms that lead to fruit on the fruit trees. See Mishna Berura OC 226 sk 2 There is another bracha on nice 'creations' (including trees) but it generally accepted that it is only recited on the most beautiful creation you have ever seen till now. Since we can not measure 'beauty' very well, we ...


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In the discourse "Bila Hamaves Lanetzach" (printed in Sefer Hamamorim Melukat vol. 2 pg. 277) the Lubavitcher Rebbe presents the following question: Before the sin of the Tree of Knowledge man was supposed to live for ever. It was only as a result of the sin that death was introduced to the world. If so why did G-d banish Adam from the Garden of Eden, "Lest ...


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The Pitchei Teshuva in Yoreh Deah 294 sk 13 quotes a number of opionions but rules that in Israel where we rule stringently about doubts relating to orla, there must be enough dirt to survive three whole years; in the Diaspora, however, where we rule leniently about such doubts, it only needs to be enough dirt to last a couple of days. h/t Alex


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http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/961313/jewish/Cutting-Down-Fruit-Trees.htm http://www.torah.org/advanced/weekly-halacha/5763/shavous.html It applies all over.


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Perhaps you can break it up like this (M'layl)- you wiped out the enemy of his name (including) his many children and possessions, you hung him on a tree.


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It applies to any productive object that is destroyed for a non-productive purpose. Rambam Melachim 6:10


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In Riv'vos Efrayim (volume 8 number 267), Rabbi Efrayim Greenblatt suggests that it may refer to Haman's slaves. (He also refers the reader to Or L'avraham on Rus, by Rabbi Avraham Gurewitz (spelling?), page 98; but I don't have a copy.)


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Rashi's understanding is only one, as Michoel said, of the "70 faces of Torah". The syntax of this pasuq is inherently ambiguous, and it is not clear whether the correct reading of the verse is as a rhetorical question or a statement. Ibn Ezra explains that the Torah is in fact equating people and trees: ולפי דעתי: שאין לנו צורך לכל זה וזה פירושו כי ממנו ...


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Verse 3:22 would seem to indicate the former: וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים, הֵן הָאָדָם הָיָה כְּאַחַד מִמֶּנּוּ, לָדַעַת, טוֹב וָרָע; וְעַתָּה פֶּן-יִשְׁלַח יָדוֹ, וְלָקַח גַּם מֵעֵץ הַחַיִּים, וְאָכַל, וָחַי לְעֹלָם Here, עץ החיים is not modified with בתוך הגן, so evidently that is not part of its name, but rather a geographical indicator.


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The Griz answers with another question. Where is the Halacha that you have to eat בקדושה ובטהרה (in purity)? The question is the answer the fruit referred to in ונאכל מפריה must be talking about מעשר שני Masser Sheni which Halachicly must be eaten in Yerushalayim (NOT GROWN) so ונאכל מפריה is talking about מעשר שני and the Halacha is it must be eaten ...


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After CYLORing this, the answer I got is: If the tree is planted exclusively for beauty - there is no problem to enjoy from the fruits during first 3 years, and even to eat them. If the tree is planted also for eating the fruits - it is forbidden to enjoy from the fruits, even from observing (להתבונן) their beauty. However, there is no problem just to look ...


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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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In most Halachic cases, we say that Mitzvoth are violated only if there is a Ma'aseh - an action. However, this article asks the very question you ask, with regard to aesthetic trees, but it does not give an answer (because the "tree" in his case was not a Halachic one). In fact, he implies both that the prohibition is strictly on eating the fruit, and that ...


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While it is true that the Shulchan Aruch cited by Alex says to make a shehakol, the reasoning given in the mishna berurah is using outdated metzius, since hearts of palm is an industry where trees are specifically planted to harvest the fibers. Although I have no source, I would venture to say it is haetz since that is the only produce that the farmers ...


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Perhaps indeed because of these two questions (the one in the original post and in YS' answer), Nusach Ari omits this phrase; the wording there is ובנה ירושלים... והעלנו לתוכה, ושמחנו בה, ונברכך בקדושה ובטהרה.


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The bracha can be made from the time the tree starts to bloom, regardless of the month (Mishna Berura quoting "Acharonim"). Lechatechita it should be said before the fruit grows. The Mishna Berurah sides that, bediavad, if you did not see the blossoming and the fruit started to grow, you can rely on those who say you can make a bracha until the fruit is ...



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