12. Bringing produce to the Diaspora

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12. Bringing produce to the Diaspora:[1]

It is [Rabbinically[2]] forbidden to bring Shemita produce outside of Eretz Yisrael.[3]



If one took Shemita produce outside of Eretz Yisrael, may the food be eaten?[4]


 May one who is traveling to the Diaspora for Sukkos take with him an Israeli Esrog of Otzer Beis Din?[5]

It is permitted to take one’s personal Esrog with him to the Diaspora. One must make sure after Sukkos that the Esrog is properly guarded as Kedushas Shevi’is. Some Poskim[6] write that one is to try to take the Esrog with him when he returns to Eretz Yisrael. Others[7] rule this is not necessary.


May one import Israeli Esrogim of Kedushas Shevi’is to the Diaspora for Sukkos?[8]

Some Poskim[9] rule it is permitted to do so even initially, on condition that the Esrogim are sold Behavlaah. Other Poskim[10] rule it is initially forbidden to do so. Some Poskim[11] rule it is permitted to do so in a situation that the city will not have any Esrogim available if they are not sent. According to all, even if an Esrog was taken out of Eretz Yisrael in a forbidden manner, it remains Kosher and can be used for the Mitzvah.[12]

May one who is traveling take Shemita produce foods for him to eat?[13]



[1] Mishneh Sheviis 6:5; Toras Kohanim 1:9; Rambam 5:13

[2] Beis Ridbaz 5:18

[3] The reason: As one is required to perform Biur in Eretz Yisrael. [Rabbeinu Shimon ibid]

[4] Ridbaz 5:18; Chazon Ish Shevis 10:6

Other opinions: Some Poskim rule it is forbidden to eat the food. [Raavad]

[5] See Piskeiy Teshuvos 649:7; Beis Yitzchak Y.D. 2:121; Beis Ridbaz 5:18

[6] Mishnas Yosef 2:24-28; Tzitz Hakodesh 1:15; Piskeiy Teshuvos ibid; See Beis Ridbaz ibid

[7] See Beis Ribaz ibid as Esrogim don’t require Biur.

[8] See Mishnas Yosef 2:24-28

[9] Beis Ridbaz 5:18; Igros Moshe 1:186

[10] Chelkas Yaakov Y.D. 185; Chazon Ish Sheviis 10:6; 13:4; See Beis Yitchak ibid

[11] Chazon Ish

[12] Chazon Ish ibid; Igros Moshe ibid

[13] Chut Hashani 5:13

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