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Should Jews make Birkat Ha’ilonot on hydroponic fruit trees

According to Halacha, should the beracha of Birkat Ha’ilonot, made when seeing a fruit tree for the first time during the month of Nissan, be made on fruit trees which are grown hydroponically or ...
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Does Orlah apply to blueberries

According to Halacha, does the prohibition of Orlah apply to blueberries? Or is it not considered a fruit from a tree in Halacha and therefore that law doesn’t apply?
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When can you cut down fruit trees?

The Torah enjoins us not to destroy fruit trees when you besiege a city. [Deut. 20:19-20] This grew into the Talmudic principle of בל תשחית -- Do not destroy [e.g., Shabbat 105b], based on the logic ...
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Does Orlah apply to hydroponic grown trees

Apparently it is possible to grow trees in hydroponic systems. I am curious, according to Halacha would fruit grown from hydroponic grown trees be subject to the laws of Orlah? Or since they are not ...
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Making buildings out of Orlah tree wood

There is a Halachic prohibition of benefiting from Orlah trees (fruit trees during their first three years) meaning not only can you not eat their fruit, you can’t get benefit from them. My question ...
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Why is the "eilah" tree so special?

After the battle for Dinah, Yaakov Avinu tells those with him to bury their idols under the "eilah" tree. Bereishis (35:4) - וַיִּתְּנוּ אֶל־יַעֲקֹב אֵת כָּל־אֱלֹהֵי הַנֵּכָר אֲשֶׁר ...
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Write a book, plant a tree, have a son?

A few non-Torah websites (not worth linking) suggest there is a Jewish source for the quote: "Plant a tree, write a book, and have a son." Is this idea found anywhere in the Torah sources?
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Peacock and date palm symbolism

In episode 2 of Simon Schama's documentary 'The Story of the Jews' ('Among Believers'), he introduces the art of the Vigna Randanini catacombs. In talking about the imagery and the connection between ...
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Reference for a quote from the Maharal about how man is an upside-down tree

I have read the fascinating idea expressed by the Maharal commenting on Deuteronomy 20:19 about the similarities and contrasts between a man and a tree. In particular: A tree's roots are below, and it ...
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Did the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden have sapphire?

I heard one teaching that Moshe's staff was sapphire, and another that it was the Tree of Life. Is there any connection between the two, like maybe the fruits on the Tree of Life were like sapphires ...
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Please help me understand part of Gemoro Makkos 12b

I do not understand the Gemoro Makkos 12b The Gemoro deals with the case of a “blood redeemer” (BR) and an “accidental killer” (AK). A tree is on the border of the city of refuge; the trunk in one ...
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Is one allowed to use neighbor's overhanging tree branches for schach?

The Shulchan Aruch in CM 155:26 rules that if the neighbor's overhanging tree branches present a nuisance, one is allowed to cut them until the property line. Is one allowed to cut these branches if ...
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Nothing missing in the world?

The Shulchan Aruch OC (226:1) writes that בא"י אמ"ה שלא חיסר בעולמו כלום וברא בו בריות טובות ואילנות טובות ליהנות בהם בני אדם - "Blessed Are you....who has not left anything lacking ...
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Can one prune a fruit tree?

Can one cut down branches of a fruit tree but not necessary cut down the entire the tree? At what point does it become bal tashchis? Is there no limit to trimming if it doesnt "kill" the ...
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What is the "heart" of a tree?

Rabbeinu Bechaya (Bereishis 34:1) writes ועוד ידוע שכל האילנות יש להן לב כשתחתוך אותו אבל אילן זית אין לו לב, ואולי מפני זה טבע הפרי משכח התלמוד ומטמטם הלב, כמו שהזכירו רבותינו ז"ל בזית. ...
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Could animals in Eden eat from the tree of life and what would happen to them?

Following "Could animals in Eden eat from the tree of life", Could animals in Eden eat from the tree of life and what would happen to them?
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What's the point of the tree of life staying in Eden after Adam's fall?

"He drove the man out, and stationed east of the garden of Eden the cherubim and the fiery ever-turning sword, to guard the way to the tree of life" Genesis.3.24 The tree was left in Eden ...
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Could animals in Eden eat the forbidden fruit of knowledge and what would happen to them?

I don't see an objection to the fact that the animals of Eden have different diets prior to Adam's sin. And many animals eat fruits: mammals, birds, worms, etc, especially "the tree was good for ...
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Based on Mishlei 11:30 - Was the עֵ֤ץ הַֽחַיִּים֙ Ets HaChayim in Bereishit 2:9 a Tsadiq?

In Proverbs 11:30, we read an interesting statement regarding a Tsadiq's fruit being the Tree of Life. Proverbs | Mishlei 11:30 states : פְּֽרִי־צַ֖דִּיק עֵ֣ץ חַיִּ֑ים The fruit of a righteous man is ...
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Was the Tree of Knowledge less than or equal to 3 years of growth?

Was the Tree of Knowledge less than or equal to 3 years of growth in Bereishit 2:17? We learn in Vayikra 19:23 about the age of forbidden Trees : "When you enter the land and plant any tree for ...
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How can the Gemara argue here, isn't it all facts?

The Gemara in Gittin 22a brings a machlokes in regard to fruits getting nutrients from a tree that is half in ארץ ישראל and half in חוץ לארץ. ומאי טעמא דרשב"ג דמפסיק צונמא מאי טעמא דרבי דהדרי ...
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"Good trees" grammar in the blessing on trees

I see* various versions of the blessing on seeing trees: most seem to refer to good trees as "אילנות טובות", while some refer to them as "אילנות טובים". (Grammatically, as far as I know, "טובים" is ...
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Shinui Makom Summary Table

Is there available online a summary table, or better yet, a decision tree, that presents the conditional logic of the somewhat complicated laws of hesech hada'ath/shinui makom (diverted attention, e.g....
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What type of cedar wood was used to build the Bais Hamikdash?

Related Acacia wood or Cedar We see that ארז (cedar) was used for the Bais Hamikdash Melachim 1 9:11 And we see that there are many types of ארז (cedar) Bava Basra 80b and Midrash Tanchuma Teruma ...
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Can one smell orla tree blossoms?

Follow-up to Can I make a bracha on smelling roses that may be orla? As per SA YD 294:1, orla only applies to trees which were planted for eating. Can one smell the blossoms of a tree planted for ...
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Why doesn't Shulchan Aruch include the laws of destroying fruit trees?

Despite clear halachos that apply nowadays and codification in Rambam's Mishneh Torah, Rif, Rosh and Semag, and discussion by a host of other commentaries, as far as I (and the Taz, YD 116:6) can tell,...
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Why specifically branches as firewood on the Altar?

In Tamid 2:3, the Mishna tells us that the kohanim would bring גִזְרִין - logs - every morning to serve as the fuel for the fire on the Altar. It goes on to report that most types of wood are eligible,...
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Bracha while hiking in a scented forest

Lets' say one is a hiking in a forest which emits a combination of scents coming from mangoes as well as pine trees or other non-fruit trees. The scents are mixed. What blessing should one make? ".. ...
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Which sources tell how Eve got to know they could not eat of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil?

The command not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil is given to Adam in 2(17) before the creation of Eve. In 3(3) and with Rashi's comments we read that Eve knew of the prohibition. ...
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What kind of tree or bush was the "burning bush" of Moses?

I am looking for the kind of tree/bush for the burning bush of Moses. What are the kinds mentioned by Rabbis? I read before that some Rabbis identified the tree with the Sidr Tree. I need to know ...
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Why were the Jews commanded to destroy fruit trees when attacking Moav?

In 2 Melachim 3:24-25 it says They entered the Israelite camp, and the Israelites arose and attacked the Moabites, who fled before them. They advanced, constantly attacking the Moabites, and they ...
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No Flood in Israel?

I read somewhere that the flood of Noah did not affect Israel. If so, why were there no survivors there? also, where did the olive branch come from if all trees were destroyed. From Israel?
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How to tell if a tree branch overhangs a Sukkah site

I'm trying to think of a practical and inexpensive way to tell at what point tree branches overhang our patio to know which parts can be used for a sukkah. The best ideas I've come up with that seem ...
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Is there a minimum age at which a fruit tree may be chopped down?

Is there a minimum age at which a fruit tree may be chopped down? Is it when it gets above the ground? Produces fruit?
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Etz Hadas - Alcoholic?

I heard that there's a gemara either saying or suggesting that the Etz Hadas was alcoholic in nature. I had a hunch before learning of the Gemara it might have been alcoholic fruit. So if it's true, ...
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Talking trees in Torah

I am working on a drash and the idea of talking inanimate objects came up. I remembered hearing about this concept based in "Torah" that when Moshiach comes the trees and rocks will scold people for ...
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Why are trees referred to in female form in ברכת האילנות? [duplicate]

On Nissan we say ברכת האילנות on blossoming fruit trees. The nusach of the bracha is: בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' אֱלֹקֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, שֶׁלֹּא חִסֵּר בָּעוֹלָמוֹ כְּלוּם, וּבָרָא בּוֹ בְּרִיּוֹת ...
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Does one say birkat ha-ilanot on Shabbat?

When seeing two trees in bloom during the month of Nissan, one says a once-a-year bracha known as birkat ha-ilanot. This year, Rosh Chodesh is on Shabbat. I understand that some say, according to ...
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Is the bracha on tree sap "shehakol" or "ha'etz"? [duplicate]

Follow-up on this related MY question relating to the bracha on coffee or tea. I initially surmised that to say "ha'etz" you must eat the fruit that protrudes from a tree branch. However, I have ...
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Is it a mitzvah to plant a tree in Israel?

I recently planted a tree in a Keren Kayemet forest in Eretz Israel. I heard from someone that this is a mitzvah, but when I asked a rabbi he wasn't sure although he acknowledged it was a very good ...
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Bereshit 2:9 all trees or one tree?

Bereshit 2:9 reads 'kol etz' which is revering to the whole tree species, so rendered as 'all trees'. I wondered if a literal (word-by-word) translation could read 'kol etz' as a 'whole tree': And ...
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Can a tree branch be leaning on the roof of a sukkah?

If one has built a kasher sukkah, with its own completed skhakh but there is a tree branch that leans against the skhakh, is it still kasher?
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What is the אדר plant, according to Rashi?

A friend of mine (Hi, Yoel!) pointed out a possible discrepancy in Rashi's comments on the Talmud. On Beitzah 15b, Rashi opines (sv ופירותיה משתמרין) that אדר is a grass (עשב), against the more ...
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Burial Pod- Kosher?

So I just saw this on Facebook [warning: some links at the bottom of the page contain imagery which is not tzanua] In short, this mentions a concept in which the body of the deceased is put into a ...
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Was Adam with Chava when she first ate the fruit?

My impression (since childhood) of the incident in the garden is that the serpent persuaded Chava to eat, and then she took some fruit to Adam and he ate it. This question asks if he knew where the ...
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Tu B'Shvat - Rosh HaShana L'Ilon / Shavuos - Yom Din L'Peiros

On Tu B'Shvat, which is Rosh Hashana L'Ilon, the new year for trees (Rosh Hashana 2a) – there is a custom to eat fruits of the tree. On Shavuos, which is Yom Din, judgment day, for fruits of the tree (...
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How is scraping a leaf erasure? (שבת נ ע״ב)

The Bavli, Shabas 50 amud 2 says (according to Rashi's understanding) that one can stick a knife between tightly foliated leaves on a branch on Shabas. Rashi explains: ואין חוששין שמא יגרור הקליפה ...
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Is a secular New Year tree considered OK?

This question presupposes that celebrating secular New Year's Eve in the first place is OK. I looked here: " Is it ok to celebrate New Years Eve? " and the answers seemed not fully resolved, ...
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Adam and the tree of life?

I have been considering Adam and what G-d said about Adam pertaining to the tree of life directly after the fall. After Adam had transgressed, G-d commanded that the tree of life be withheld from him ...
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Story of love sick tree

I once heard a shiur which quoted a gemarah (I think) about two trees. One of the trees was uprooted and taken elsewhere and the other tree started to get sick. The explanation was that the trees were ...
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