From the Rav’s Desk: 1) When should the Rimon be eaten? 2) Hataras Nedarim and Peruzbal for quarantined individual

  1. Question: [Monday, 29th Elul 5781]

When should we eat the Rimon? On the first night or second night, and may we eat it before Rosh Hashanah?


The Rimon is to be eaten on the first night of Rosh Hashanah. It may also be eaten before Rosh Hashanah, as there is no need for it to a Shehechiyanu fruit on the first night of Rosh Hashanah.

Sources: Admur 583:4 [that it is one of the Simanim]; Custom of Rebbe [Otzer Minhagei Chabad 140 and 144] The Rebbe was once brought Rimonim on the second night and was surprised as to why it was not brought on the first night, and he refused to eat them. [Otzer 140]; Accordingly, the Rimon should not be used as the Shehechiyanu fruit on second night being it should be eaten on first night as part of the Simanim. [See Otzer Minhagei Chabad 142-144]


  1. Question: [Monday, 29th Elul 5781]

I am in quarantine. How can I do the Peruzbal and Hataras Nedarim?


Regarding Hataras Nedarim: With regards to the general Hataras Nedarim that is done on Erev Rosh Hashanah, one who cannot join a Minyan or three other men for a Beis Din, may do so through Zoom or a phone with three people sitting as the Dayanim.

Peruzbal: You may even initially do the Peruzbal over the phone or internet.



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