Land-based Mitzvot

Fruit Trees for the First Three Years (Orlah) - We just planted a few fruit trees in our back yard (we recently moved to California). Are there any issues with the fruit of the trees for the first three years? They were delivered as saplings (with the roots in bags... More »
Is Gaza Jewish? - I had mixed feelings upon seeing the Jewish communities of Gaza and their 9,000 residents being uprooted in 2005. There was the hope of an improved security situation, but on the other hand it seems wrong to declare a... More »
Israeli Fruit on Tu B’Shvat - I know on Tu B'Shvat we have the custom of eating various fruits, especially the seven species Israel is famous for. I specifically try to purchase fruit grown in Israel for the occasion. Is there any kashrut issue... More »
Israeli Produce - My local supermarket carries some Israeli produce like tomatoes, oranges and avocados. I know that the Torah prescribes various laws for crops grown in Israel. Does that apply also to exported... produce? More »
Location of Prophecy - You wrote previously that Israel is the only land conducive to prophecy, the highest level of communion with God. All the prophets either received prophecies in Israel, or prophecies that related to the Land of... More »
Maaser Sheni (Second Tithe) - What is the second tithe all about? Is the term derived from rabbinic sources, or is it used in the Torah? More »
The Power of Mitzvot in Israel - I am in Israel at the moment, where I have been attending various programs. I heard a class on the topic of mitzvot which said that the Torah commands are only for the land of Israel, and doing them outside of Israel... More »

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