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Rosh Hashanah 14: Etrog: Is It a Fruit? Is It a Vegetable?

Tracing a sugia… on the specifics of tithing produce that takes root before Rosh Hashanah, and the question of tithing produce that is “mixed.” Can the produce be combined for the purpose of tithing? Which question opens up reason to delve into Shmuel’s position, and that of R. Shimon Shezuri. For example, how solids and liquids may not be the same with regard to mixtures. Also, the new year for the trees! When does the winter season really begin? Plus, the story of an etrog that was picked at such a time that 2 tithings were reasonable. In accord with both sides of the machloket re the new year for trees. In what ways are etrogim akin to both trees and vegetables?

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Anne and Yardaena

Anne Gordon is the deputy editor of Ops & Blogs at The Times of Israel. She is a veteran educator, having taught in high school and post-high school institutions in Israel and America for several decades. Yardaena Osband is a pediatrician and teaches in her community and online. They both hail from Boston, proud alumna of Maimonides School, where they first learned Gemara. Talking Talmud is their conversation (via podcast) on the daf yomi. They say: "Learning the daf? We have something for you to think about. Not learning the daf? We have something for you to think about! (Along with a taste of the daf...) Join the conversation with us!"
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