Land-based Mitzvot

Cutting Down Fruit Trees - We have a canistel (or eggfruit) tree our backyard which we’d like to get rid of. We do not eat its fruit, and the fruit and leaves make a constant mess. I haven’t found anyone who is interested in its fruit – even to... More »
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 »
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 »
Mitzvah to Live in Israel - I'm trying to get clarity on whether it is considered a mitzvah to live in Israel. Should a believing Jew live in Israel, or are other countries equally compatible with a Jewish life? More »
Planting Different Species Together (Kilayim) - I am planning to plant a garden this spring and would like to know what restrictions apply in terms of planting different species together and the like. 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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