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Olives & Dates in the desert

The Lubavicher Rabbi Zatzal explains as follows. The Jews were complaining about the lack of grain as Egypt had an abundance of grain. They also complained about figs, grapes and pomegranates, as they ...
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Does one say "Shehecheyanu" on haadama fruit?

Gemara Eiruvin 40B: Rav Yehuda would say shehecheyanu on a new gourd. A gourd would have the brachah of borei pri ha'adamah. Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 225:6 says that it should be a fruit that is ...
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Do Sefardim Eat Chametz-Like Food made from Fruit Juice?

According to this article, we do :-) THE LAWS OF PESACH by Rav David Brofsky Shiur #2: The Laws of Pesach Defining Chametz (1) R. Yosef Karo (Shulchan Arukh 462:1-4) rules in accordance with the view ...
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Picking fruit vs slaughtering on yom tov

Great question! This is part of a major machlokes rishonim in maseches beitzah. The Ran in the beginning of the 3rd chapter says that really all melachos are allowed on a Biblical level, but the ...
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Are raisins considered one of the seven species for the purposes of prioritising brachot?

Raisins are grapes and are treated the same. That is, since you know the location of grapes in the order of precedence (one of the seven species and where grapes fall in that list) then the position ...
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When to say shehecheyanu on a new fruit?

Halachipedia has a good rundown and explains as follows: When to make the Bracha According to some it is preferable to say Shehecheyanu before the Bracha on the fruit, however, the minhag is to make ...
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What Berachah do you make on a kiwi berry?

Looks like it's a Haeitz. Sources: brochos.com which appears to be from the CRC.
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Is the bracha for blueberries ha'etz or ha'adamah?

Thanks to the Westmount Shul for this answer. Yes there is a difference, depending on how it grows. This is the way both Rabbi Bodner's & Rabbi Forst's Sefer rules also. Similarly, many "...
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Are the uncertified packaged pre cut vegetable and fruit platters in a non-Jewish store kosher

Here is an answer from Rabbi Eli Gersten from a previous issue of Jewish Action (OU): If your co-workers bought a fruit platter from a supermarket, you may partake of the fruit since you can ...
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Do Any Commentators Say Bananas were the 'forbidden fruit'?

Jewish commenters do not believe the banana to be the Forbidden Fruit, yet mention of it is made: In the Middle Ages, the notion that the Forbidden Fruit is the banana appeared in several places. ...
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What brachot on date honey?

OU's site (citing Rambam Berakhot 8:4) says that by default you should say shehakol, unless certain conditions are met: Shehakol is recited over the honey of dates. Nevertheless, if one crushes dates ...
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Is fruit sold in bulk at the store kosher?

This dried fruit may or may not be kosher. The reason has nothing to do with the bins it is stored in, however. Room temperature solids are not halachaly able to render one another non-kosher, so a ...
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Tu B'Shvat - Rosh HaShana L'Ilon / Shavuos - Yom Din L'Peiros

The question was asked by the Satmer Rav quoted here. As cited there he answered The customs are indeed appropriate. On the day when trees are “judged,” we are interested in determining the ...
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Squeezing Fruits on Shabbos for Juice

Rabbi Ribiat discusses this in his sefer (The 39 Melochos), starting on page 333 (vol. 2). There are some fruits that are biblically forbidden, some that are rabbinically forbidden, and some that are ...
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Understanding Bereshit 1:30

Mefarshim here: Q1) Shadal there (it's a really long piece, worth reading in its entirety) opposes your understanding, as he notes the opinion that animals were prohibited from eating fruit, and ...
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Cutting down fruit tree not worth its upkeep

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 ...
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Beracha acharona on a mixture of two of the seven species of Israel

Shulchan Aruch O.C. 212:1 כל שהוא עיקר ועמו טפילה (פירוש דבר בלתי נחשב) מברך על העיקר ופוטר את הטפילה בין מברכה שלפניה בין מברכה שלאחריה Anything which is primary and has a secondary with it, make ...
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Benefits and Reasoning of Orlah?

You asked: Have there been any (scientific) studies that prove the benefits of Orlah? Well, as you will see from the answer to your second question, it's not about benefits. You can see from ...
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What is the symbolism of the pomegranate in Judaism?

In a discussion on the meaning of seeing the fruit in a dream, the gemara in Berachot4 explains that “seeing small ones portends business being as fruitful as a pomegranate, while seeing large ...
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Do Whole Vanilla Beans Need A Hekhsher?

For what it's worth, the CRC's kashrut app lists vanilla beans as kosher without certification. @msh210 says Twitter CRC Plain vanilla beans without any added kosher sensitive ingredients are ...
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Is it permitted to make a Coconut Shell into a Kli (a cup) on Shabbos to drink out of it?

Living as I do on the edge of the Amazon Rainforest, I feel rather well qualified to answer this question. A coconut shell is indeed חותלות - just as we can't eat an orange without peeling it, we can'...
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How do we know that commercial fruit is not orlah/neta revai?

Shulchan Arukh YD 294:9 (based on Kiddushin 39a) rules that doubtful (safek) Orlah in the Diaspora is permitted; only certain (vadai) Orlah is prohibited. Even if you know the fruit came from a ...
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Cutting down fruit tree not worth its upkeep

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 ...
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What does an olive press look like?

All pictures from 'Pnei Shabbat', pictorial guide to Mishnayot Shabbat by Yonatan Gerstein. This is from Perek 1, mishna 9.
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What is the blessing said over little plants' fruit?

Strawberries are not a "tree" -- it's not the same plant producing new fruit. So we say "for the fruit of the ground." Plants that scientists say produce fruit each year but grow very low to the ...
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Al ha-eitz for flavorings/garnishes

Response to the POTENTIAL ISSUES INVOLVED: 1) Amount of food (and time) on which one makes an after-brocho. See here. One is only obligated to make a Bracha Achrona on a food if one eats a ...
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Is it required or allowed to make a שהחיינו on a highly seasonal variety of apple?

The sources are all found surrounding Shulchan Arukh OC 225:4 discussing two kinds of cherries (?) (sweet and sour?). Both the Shulchan Arukh and Rama rule that your case seemingly would get its own ...
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Shiur Brocha Achrona 2 different foods

R Chaim Gross and R Shraga Simmons answer this question in their series on blessings (here) quoting Mishna Brura 210:1 [What is the blessing if] you ate a half-kezayit of crackers and a half-...
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Why specifically a fig on shabbos?

The חידושי הריטב"א (succah 6b) explains that the Rabbis (Chachomim) assert that a kazayis is the minimum size that is fitting for eating so that became the standard for most eating related ...
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