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Ordinary Israeli fruit and vegetable stands do not carry teudah. Does the Israeli government ensure terumot and maasrot are taken at some point? For example, can one taste produce in Machane Yehuda or one must take the produce home and separate the various portions first?

  • I don't know what you mean by "ordinary". Some do and some don't. – Double AA Aug 19 '14 at 18:56
  • Many produce stands in Machane Yehuda have kosher certification. Moreover, even one who is careful not to rely on the Israeli Rabbinate for meat or dairy products, can eat fresh fruits and vegetables certified by the Rabbinate. The Rabbinate's method of separating tithes is identical to any 'mehadrin' or 'badatz' certification. The only time this is different is during shmittah, when the Rabbinate accepts heter mechira. Then again, Eidah Charedit Yerushalayim buys from Jewish farmers in the Negev, which many other authorities rule is part of Eretz Yisrael. Pick your poison. – Jake Aug 20 '14 at 8:20
  • @Jake That is not entirely accurate. The Mehadrin fruit Hashgachot will be more careful about certain species which may possibly be Orlah, as well as other more subtle details in the Hafrasha. I agree though that it's an overall "low risk" venture. – Double AA Aug 20 '14 at 19:48
  • @DoubleAA not more careful, more stringent, but I'll admit that there are some slight differences. The process of taking appropriate tithes is not something they differ on. Granted, Rav Ovadia Yosef held that passionfruit is not subject to Orlah, since it gives more than one crop a year. That doesn't mean that all passionfruit is from a vine less than four years old, but I suppose it's something that some people would avoid eating, if they knew of that possibility. – Jake Aug 20 '14 at 20:20
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No, the government does not ensure that terumot and maasrot are taken. Stands with a teudah are ensured by the Rabbanut.

I read in a guide for Anglos in Israel that in a case such as this where there is a doubt if the produce had been tithed, the tithes should be separated (again) without the accompanying blessings.

As for tasting food at a shuk, I've never really thought about that. I don't think it is halachically achilat arai (a snack), as the fruit is already chayav in trumot and maasrot. Therefore, it seems to me that you shouldn't do it unless you know that they have been taken off, and you have permission from the store owner.

  • By "is already chayav in trumot" do you mean "is already nikba' for trumot"? – Double AA Aug 19 '14 at 19:30
  • Is there a difference in implications from each term? – Scimonster Aug 19 '14 at 19:36
  • The produce has already "come inside" from the field, to the packing house. That was when the snack leniency disappeared. – Jake Aug 20 '14 at 8:22
  • @Jake Yes, that is what i said. – Scimonster Aug 20 '14 at 8:32
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    @Jake Alright, i see the difference. – Scimonster Aug 20 '14 at 8:39

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