Monday, November 22, 2010

Reason #6987 for making aliyah

The following announcement is brought to you by the Our Shiputzim Aliyah Promotion Department.


I was preparing cucumber salad on Friday and needed some lemon juice.

So YZG went outside, picked a couple of lemons from our tree, brought them inside, separated trumot u’ma’asrot, and squeezed the fruit.

I then used the freshly-picked, freshly-tithed, and freshly-squeezed juice for the salad which we enjoyed on Shabbat a few hours later.

Does it get any cooler than that?

“בנה ביתך כבתחילה, וכונן מקדשך על מכונו, והראנו בבנינו, ושמחנו בתיקונו, והשב כהנים לעבודתם ולויים לשירם ולזמרם, והשב ישראל לנויהם…”

“Rebuild Your House as at the start; and establish Your Mikdash on its readied site; and show us its rebuilding; and bring us joy with its renovation; and return the kohanim to their service and the leviim to their song and to their music; and return Yisrael to their dwellings…” (From Musaf for the Shalosh Regalim)


The latest Haveil Havalim is available here. Special thanks to Susan for including my most recent Heblish post.


  1. No!! It may SOUND like a reason to make aliyah, but some of us are still scared to death of trumos & maasros!!!
    (I once accidentally bought Israeli grapefruit and had to make several frantic phone calls to figure out how we could eat it...)
    Sad, right?

  2. Lovely!

    Jennifer, don't be scared! Once you get used to it, it's not harder than any other halacha. But it's a lot of fun, and can often make you feel like you're living in the times of the Beit HaMikdash :)

  3. Jennifer - Toby's right. Trumot u'ma'asrot are fairly straightforward. I mean, they're nowhere near as complicated as, say, the laws of Shabbat. And besides, it's usually not something that one has to deal with. Most people buy their produce from stores with hechsherim which take care of it all for you...

    Toby - "But it's a lot of fun, and can often make you feel like you're living in the times of the Beit HaMikdash"
    Very well said!

  4. Thanks, Ilana-Davita, and Shabbat Shalom!


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