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4 Nissan 5765 - April 13, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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High Percentage of Orloh in Certain Summer Fruits

By Betzalel Kahn

The recent publication of a table showing the percentage of orloh in this year's crop of various summer fruits indicates a sharp rise in the incidence of orloh in certain fruits that will be supplied to retailers and the food industry.

According to the figures, the most notable increases in orloh were found in peaches, nectarines and grapes; over 20 percent of certain varieties of grapes and up to 6 percent of apricots are orloh.

In light of these figures kashrus figures warn consumers once again to purchase farm produce only in places that bear a valid, mehadrin kashrus certificate.

Prepared by the Institute for Torah-Based Agricultural Research the table is considered highly reliable by every kashrus committee in Eretz Yisroel and is intended to provide guidance for consumers who are unable to make their purchases at places with proper oversight.

The table is organized according to the variety of fruit and the season. For those unfamiliar with the different varieties of fruit, the table provides a description and the time of year it can be found in markets. The table serves as an aid to kashrus figures and boosts public awareness.

According to Beis Hamedrash Lehalochoh Behisyashvus, although the Ma'aser Sheini year has already begun citrus fruits and avocados growing in people's yards are tevel vadai for Ma'aser Oni since they formed before Tu BeShevat. The Beis Medrash has a special arrangement to give Ma'aser Oni to the poor via Vaad HaRabbonim LeInyonei Tzedaka in Eretz Hakodesh. To provide money to the poor the gabbai tzedaka sell the fruits back or money is given instead of fruits.

This arrangement was employed throughout the Ma'aser Oni year for vegetables last year, and successfully allowed owners of private gardens around the country to properly fulfill the mitzvah of giving Ma'aser Oni without having to give a small amount for every little backward yield. Instead the poor receive a respectable sum all at once. So far tens of thousands of shekels have been handed out through such arrangements.


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