For The First 3 Years The Fruit Of A Newly Planted Tree Is Forbidden To Us – Orlah App

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And when ye shall come into the land, and shall have planted all manner of trees for food, then ye shall count the fruit thereof as forbidden; three years shall it be as forbidden unto you; it shall not be eaten. And in the fourth year all the fruit thereof shall be holy, for giving praise unto the Lord. But in the fifth year may ye eat of the fruit thereof, that it may yield unto you more richly the increase thereof: I am the Lord your G-d.”  – Leviticus 19:2325

The mitzvah to refrain from partaking from the produce of a fruit-bearing tree for its first three years is called orlah. The fruits of the fourth year may only be eaten in Yerushalayim, and from the fifth year on, we may eat and enjoy its fruits without any further restrictions (after separating tithes etc.).

Although the mitzvah of orlah is listed in the category of prohibitions pertaining to the Land of Israel alone, it is the only mitzvah of this category that applies outside of Israel as well – with certain leniencies.

The Orlah Calculator app use is to determine when it is biblically permissible to eat the first of its fruit based on the age of the tree from the day a seed is planted. It is based on a period of approximately 3 years based on the Hebrew calendar as well as which particular period (3 scenarios) the seed is placed in the ground. It also takes into account if one lives in Israel or in the Diaspora.

The calculations are done in the Hebrew calendar after entering the Hebrew or Gregorian date and results given in both calendars.

During particular planting dates two options are given based on rabbinical studies from two prominent sources between the 11th and 13th century and codified by the 15th century Code of Jewish law. These options are either lenient or stringent.

App: Orlah Calculator by Judy Lynn Software, Inc.


Compatible: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Category: Utilities
Released: February 14, 2014
Publisher: Judy Lynn Software, Inc. © 2014 – Charles Benson
Price: Free (get app)

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