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According to Halacha we follow Rav Sheishes's view (bechoros 7b) who holds like Rabbe Yaakov (the Tannah) that the reason honey is kosher (even if the bee extracts part of its flesh into the honey as part of the process - Rabeinu Gershom) is a Gzeiras Hakosuv (by Hashem's command) and not like the opinion who says that the reason for its permissiblity is '...


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Taamei HaMinhagim 706 says it is done for Kabalistic reasons. In the notes, he mentions in the name of the Imrei Noam that the Gematria of the word "Tapuach" (the Hebrew word for apple) is the same as the Gematria of "S'e Akeida" - so we eat the apple to recall the Akeida (Binding of Isaac).


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Use dryer sheets. I personally use Bounce brand sheets. Hang one for every 10 cubic feet or so, in a very bee infested area. You probably won't need that many though. Adjust according to bee count. (PS. With the dryer sheets hung on some of the decorations, we actually leave honey out. Its amazing!


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1) The Maharil explains that the apple is connected with "חקל תפוחים קדישין"; when Yaakov came to get the brochos from Yitzchok, he had the smell of an apple orchard upon his clothing. Besides for the Kabbilistic meanings, (according to one opinion) this episode happened on Rosh Hashana (GR”A O.C. 583:8) 2) There are three types of benefit derived from an ...


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I checked through the Nitei Gavriel on Nisuin and there is no mention of such a Minhag. I personally have also never heard or seen such a custom. The closest I found is the Rokeach 353 who mentions that after the Brachos of the Chuppa they give the Chassan and Kallah honey and cheese to eat based on the verse (Shir Hashirim 4:11) "Devash Vchalav Tachas ...


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Beeswax itself does not pose any inherent kashrus problem. From the OU website: Beeswax is a substance secreted from glands in bees’ abdomen. Bees use this wax to create the honeycombs in which they store honey. Beeswax is used in foods as a coating to fruits to extend their shelf life, to give a shine to round candies such as chocolates, jelly beans and ...


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Maybe indeed honey will penetrate into organic material and dissolve it, but only some distance. With a small creature like a bee, then, that's enough to include its entire body; with a human corpse, the bulk of it will still remain intact. The issue is discussed in Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh De'ah 84:12 and commentaries there. The Mechaber writes that "honey ...


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I have heard that bugs don't like wind, including wind generated by fans. If you can get a running fan into your sukka, it could deter bugs from visiting.


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There is specific symbolism in the apple. It also can't be discounted that apples are harvested around Rosh Hashana time so they are a readily available and relatively inexpensive fruit at that time.


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The honey has been around at least since the times of the Ge'onim; see Otzar HaGe'onim to Rosh HaShanah 32b (p. 53). Footnote ח (ad loc.) suggests that the Agudah had a version of a responsum from the Geonim which explicitly mentioned the custom of apples and honey. Either way, the custom definitely dates back at least to the days of the Agudah, who died in ...


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Encyclopedia Talmudis volume 23 column 356 copied by hand יוצא מן הטמא "מזון ממללכות" - כעין דבש שעושת הדבורים, וממנו ניזונית הדבורה "המלכה", היינו זווו שמטילה ביצימ - יש פוסקמי זמננו שאאוסרים אותו, שלדעתם אפשר שהוא מתמצה מגוף הדבורים (945), וכן לדעתם אף לר' יעקוב לא התיר הכתוב אלא דבש סתם, ואין מזון מלכות בכלל (946). ויש מצדדים להתיר (947), שהוא ...


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In an article in the latest Mesorah journal about shellac, R. Dov Halperin surveys the opinions of the poskim about royal jelly. In short, R. Eliezer Waldenburg, Tzitz Eliezer, and R. Moshe Shternbuch, Teshuvos ve-Hanhagos, permit it for a sick person, and R. Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, Minchas Shlomo, is inclined to forbid it (except for cases of great need). ...


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The Encyclopedia Talmudis has a complete article on bee honey (under dvash) and why it is kosher. As part of the article it shows the difference between bee honey and milk of a nonkosher animal. The honey is carried by "baskets" outside the bee and is processed by "external" processing. That is, it is chewed by the bee, mixed with saliva and regurgitated. It ...


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Apple was the most widely known fruit. Think of the other fruits and vegetables that are called after the apple eg orange in Hebrew, potatoe in Hebrew, French and German, pineapple in English. See here "In Middle English and as late as 17c., it was a generic term for all fruit other than berries but including nuts (e.g. O.E. fingeræppla "dates," lit. "finger-...


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two chiddushim of my own that I have not seen elsewhere. the pyre on the mizbeach is described as an apple. We are adjured not to offer up honey on the mizbeach because no man can stand it, but l’atid lavo we will be able to offer up honey on the mizbeach - so our tefillah is that the year should be sweet enough for us to do so and thus we dip the apple in ...


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The ibn Ezra story is about a bee (which has no flesh) dissolving into honey, the Gemara is about human flesh.


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My last answer wasn't clear, so although I am loath to rewrite answers that have been voted on already, I'll try to make this a bit clearer. The Talmud has two opinions as to why bee honey is Kosher. Only one of them relies on the way in which bees make honey. The other says it is a "gezeras hakasuv" - an arbitrary distinction made in the Torah - which ...


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"Enzymes are protein molecules in cells which work as catalysts. Enzymes speed up chemical reactions in the body, but do not get used up in the process. Almost all biochemical reactions in living things need enzymes. With an enzyme, chemical reactions go much faster than they would without the enzyme." - Definition Thus the bee is not changing the nectar ...


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Sorry. Put bee traps a bit away from your sukkah. Use liquor or unsweetened iced tea for kiddush during the daytime, instead of wine or grape juice.


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Remove the honey right after dipping. If you have many guests, you could keep it covered until the person dips his bread, then close the honey. You could also put a net on the door.


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If you look at the Malbim on the relevant Pessukim in Shoftim Perek 14 Possuk 9 he clearly says there that because Shimshon had decided to take for himself a Pelishti woman for a wife he "stumbled" to also go wrong and eat honey from a Dovor Tomei referring to the lion and then cites the Maamor Chazal that if you are Misaveh for a Dovor Tomei in this case ...


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The Encyclopedia Talmudis has a complete article on bee honey (under dvash) and why it is kosher. As part of the article it shows the difference between bee honey and milk of a nonkosher animal. While nectar is carried in the "honey stomach" of the bee to the hive, it is converted by "external" processing into honey. The article pointed to by @Shokhet shows ...


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According to this Parsha sheet, the source is the משך חכמה לא קיבל מנחת קין כי היה דבש ואסור להקריב שאור ודבש, כי צריך משהו שמעורב בו מעשה אדם כסולת חיטים Kayin's sacrifice was not accepted because it was from honey...


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The Midrash (Shir HaShirim Rabbah, 4:11:2) actually makes the exact opposite inference from this passuk, prompting it to interpret it allegorically: דְּבַשׁ וְחָלָב תַּחַת לְשׁוֹנֵךְ, רַבִּי בֶּרֶכְיָה אָמַר אֵין מַשְׁקֶה סוֹרֵחַ יוֹתֵר מִמַּשְׁקֶה זֶה שֶׁתַּחַת הַלָּשׁוֹן, וְאַתְּ אוֹמֵר: דְּבַשׁ וְחָלָב תַּחַת לְשׁוֹנֵךְ, אֶלָּא אִם הֲלָכוֹת קֵהוֹת ...


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Levush 583:2: .ומנהג אשכנז מטבילין פרוסת הבציעה בדבש The custom in Ashkenaz is to dip the piece of bread into honey. Note that he makes no mention of dipping into salt in addition to the honey. Magen Avraham 583:1 and Mishnah Berurah 583:3 also quote this custom of dipping the bread into honey, and don't say anything about salt. [As noted by ...


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I remember this Gemara, the Gemara is a source for us, but I don't know the source of the Gemara. Berachot 41b: R' Hisda and R' Hamnuna were seated at a meal, and dates and pomegranates were set before them. R' Hamnuna took some dates and said a blessing over them. Said R' Hisda to him: Does not the Master agree with what R' Joseph, or as some say ...


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We see from Kesuvos 111b that an example is given of goats whose udders are leaking milk grazing under date trees whose fruit is oozing dvash so that the two liquids combine in the grass and flow. This is given as the original meaning of the term. A Land Flowing With Milk & Honey We start with the interpretation of the Talmud, which interprets the ...


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Rav Shlomo Amar allows eating royal jelly (at least when mixed with honey).


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Since Apple in Honey is the only one of these Yehi-Ratzon that Chabad says, it must be unique, and presumably has a different reason/origin from the rest.


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We wish to have a sweet year. We symbolize this with sweet food: apples, honey. Thus, no pun is necessary. A pun is necessary for, say, leek, since it lacks sweetness. Dates would, I suppose, not need a pun, since they're sweet — but we can get a pun in, too, so we do. Source: my own conjecture.


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