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Shemitat Kesafim and Pruzbul Guide

Shemitat Kesafim and Pruzbul Guide

The Cancellation of Debts Everywhere, Laws of the Shemitat Kesafim and Pruzbul
Mitzvot of the Land
Orlah

Orlah

An abridged guide on the laws of orlah: what is the prohibition of orlah, when it applies, which fruit are subject to the prohibition, and how it applies outside of the Land of Israel.
Rabbis of Torah VeHa'aretz Insitute Mitzvot of the Land
Kila'im

Kila'im

An abridged guide on the laws of kila'im, forbidden mixtures: kilei zera'im (seeds), kilei ilan (trees), and kilei kerem (vineyards). The parameters of each prohibition, the distance needed between types of seeds, and the application of kila'im outside of the Land of Israel, among others.
Rabbi Moshe Bloom Mitzvot of the Land
Making a Shehechiyanu on New Fruit Today

Making a Shehechiyanu on New Fruit Today

This article reviews methods that make fruits and vegetables accessible year-round, and discusses how they impact on making the shehechiyanu blessing today.
Yehuda Heller, agronomist, Nissan 5778. Emunat Itecha issue 119 Mitzvot of the Land
Ma’aser Ani Calendars

Ma’aser Ani Calendars

When exactly is each type of produce subject to ma’aser ani? An halachic-agricultural survey for 5778 to 5779
Rabbi David Eigner Mitzvot of the Land
Orlah 101

Orlah 101

Orlah. A major prohibition that applies to fruit before trees complete three years of growth. A unique mitzva tied to the Land of Israel, since it also applies abroad. This comprehensive alphabetical guide covers diverse orlah-related topics, including how orlah years are calculated and when the prohibition applies.
Rabbis of Torah VeHa'aretz Insitute Mitzvot of the Land
Grafting: a Review

Grafting: a Review

The review below lists the standard stock and scion pairs used in nurseries in Israel. Noted are the cultivar pairs that are halachically permissible for grafting are as well as those that that are problematic. Permissible alternatives are presented when such exist.
Rabbi Yoel Friedemann / Meir Frankel, agricultural counselor Mitzvot of the Land
List of herbs - classification as trees or vegetables vis-à-vis kila'im

List of herbs - classification as trees or vegetables vis-à-vis kila'im

This comprehensive list of common herbs with English, Hebrew, and Latin names, categorizes them as trees or vegetables, to avoid kilei zera'im and kilei hakerem. Since different halachic guidelines govern kila’im for vegetables and trees, this is a valuable reference.
Agronomist Dr. Mordechai Shomron Mitzvot of the Land
Laws of Taking Challah

Laws of Taking Challah

Hafrashat challah, taking challah, is one of the unique mitzvot tied to the Land of Israel and applies in Israel and abroad. This halachic guide outlines the laws of taking challah and describes the procedure.
Mitzvot of the Land
Intermediate Plant Classification as Vegetables or Trees

Intermediate Plant Classification as Vegetables or Trees

While most plants fall into neat categories as trees or vegetables, some are on the seam and have characteristics of both. This chart classifies such intermediate plants, which has bearing on the laws of orlah, berachot and kila’im.
Rabbi Yoel Friedemann Mitzvot of the Land