Purchasing Produce in Israel During the Sabbatical Year

by Phil Schneider

Torah VeHa’aretz Institute was founded in 5746 (1986) in Kfar Darom, a settlement of Gush Katif. Following the Disengagement in 5765 (2005), They continued operations temporarily in Ashkelon until 5774 (2014). Afterwards it moved to Shavei Darom. Rabbi Yaakov Ariel, president of Torah VeHa’aretz Institute, former Rabbi of Ramat Gan, is considered one of the prominent spiritual leaders across the spectrum of Israeli society. Torah VeHa’aretz Institute is headed by Rabbi Yigal Kaminetsky, former rabbi of the Gush Katif Gaza Strip region; currently Rosh Yeshiva of the Nitzan advanced yeshiva. Rabbi Yehuda Amichay, a prominent Torah scholar, heads the Halacha Research Unit, Rabbi Moshe Bloom English Department Director, and Agronomist Dr. Mordechai Shomron heads the Agricultural R&D Unit.  Shlomo Walfish from Zo Artzeinu / israeltrees.org, met with Rabbi Moshe Bloom at the “Best” supermarket in Ramat Beit Shemesh and went through the many different options of purchasing produce in the land of Israel during and even AFTER the Sabbatical year ends, which as you will see applies to most fruits.

Here is Part 1. Enjoy and stay tuned for Part 2.

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