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Halacha - Chanita on fruit trees
Submitted by Chaim Jacobs  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: What is the time of chanita on fruit trees? I have heard two opinions, when the flower drops leaving the begining of the fruit or a third of the growth of the fruit. The problematic trees I have are loquat ['shesek'in Ivrit] which has the early chanita before 'tu b'shvat' and the later chanita after 'tu b'shvat' and lemon that has fruit and flowers simultaneously at 'tu b'shvat'. In both cases the problem is knowing to which year of ma'aser the fruit belong. Thank you.

You are correct that there are two opinions. The Rash on the Mishnayos writes that chanata is the beginning of the formation of the fruit while Tosafos and the Rambam rule that it is 1/3 of the fruit's growth. Shulchan Aruch follows the second opinion which is the accepted Halacha. In most years none of the shesek fruits reach 1/3 of their development before Tu b'Shvat and Harav Elyashiv shlita paskens that one need not suspect otherwise. However if one knows that some of the fruit on the tree reached chanata before Tu b'Shvat and others didn't and at the time of harvest they are indistinguishable there is a dilemma. the acceptable solutions are to either separate terumos and ma'aseros from each individual fruit separately or to find fruits from a different tree that has not yet had its terumos and ma'aseros taken yet and that are certainly from both years and to separate terumos and ma'aseros on the questionable tree from them.

Lemons are a separate issue and the Chazon Ish considers them to be a safek if their Halacha is similar to an esrog that follows the picking and not the chanata like most fruit.

posted:2010-01-06 10:28:16

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