If a fruit that has grown on a tree during the shmita year and is only picked in the 8th year (not a shmita year) does it have a kadosh (holy) status since it grew and was ready to be eaten during shmita?

  • Is the fruit an Etrog?
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 15, 2015 at 17:52
  • What difference would that make?
    – alice fine
    Commented Jul 15, 2015 at 18:08
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    Whether or not it is Kadosh.
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 15, 2015 at 18:14
  • Please clarify what you are insinuating?? Some fruit have kedusha whereas others don't? The question is in general about fruit that grew during shmita and may have been ripe but were only picked during year 8.
    – alice fine
    Commented Jul 15, 2015 at 18:17
  • @DoubleAA I think the OP is referring to kedushat shviit.
    – Scimonster
    Commented Jul 15, 2015 at 19:57

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Rambam Shmittah 4:13 (translation from Chabad.org)

וכן פירות שביעית שיצאו למוצאי שביעית בתבואה וקטניות ואילנות הולכין אחר עונת המעשרות. והפרגין והשומשמין והאורז והדוחן ופול המצרי שזרעו לזרע אחר גמר הפרי. והירק אחר לקיטתו:‏
Similarly, when the produce of the Sabbatical year is reaped in the eighth year: With regard to grain, legumes, and the fruit of the trees, [the ruling depends on when the produce reached] the stage when tithes are required to be separated. When rice, millet, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, and Egyptian beans are sown to produce seed, [the ruling depends on] when the produce completes its growth. [The ruling regarding] vegetables [depends] on the time they were harvested.

So it depends what kind of plant it is and (in some cases) how fully grown it was when the new year passed.

(This answer is not intended to address Etrugim.)

  • So if the fruit is ripe at around roshhashana of the 8th year, and you didn't have the chance to pick it but do so afterwards, the fruit maintains kedusha? Does that mean that if you have a field, you need to go and pick tons of fruit before the end of the year so that the new crop can be sold?
    – alice fine
    Commented Jul 16, 2015 at 7:53
  • @alicefine As stated above, the kedusha status of the fruit depends what kind of plant it is and (in some cases) how fully grown it was when the new year passed. I don't understand your second question.
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 16, 2015 at 18:20
  • @alicefine to make it simple and give an example (and it would help if you would clarify what fruit you are asking about), if you have oranges in your garden which grew during a year of shmita, they retain their kedusha, you cannot sell them, can't throw them away, etc. Picking tons of fruit before year's end wouldn't help in any way as the fruit have kdushat shviit no matter what. The new crop (grown in the 8th year) can be sold as usual since it doesn't have kdusha.
    – mbloch
    Commented Jan 12, 2016 at 4:53

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