Monday, April 22, 2013

Halocho #1084 - Three years of Orla for trees

For 3 years after planting a tree, one may not eat its fruit, nor derive any benefit from the fruit, peels or pits. This is a Torah prohibition and applies to trees planted anywhere on the planet by anybody. 

How to count these 3 years: 

- Trees planted until Tu B'av (15th of the month of Av; 45 days before Rosh Hashana) have their first birthday on Rosh Hashana, and 2 years later turn "three years old". 

- Trees planted less than 45 days before Rosh Hashana need to count three years from their first Rosh Hashana. The laws of Orlo apply to trees grown from shoots or pits, and sometimes to trees that have been replanted. 

A tree that has was cut and its stump is less than 1 tefach (about 9 cm) high becomes Orlo again. 

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 173:1,3,4

- Danny
Monday, 12 Iyar 5773 - 27th day of the Omer

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