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Orlah and passion fruit

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Rabbi Yoel Lieberman

Elul 7, 5780
Question
Does orlah apply to passion fruit in chutz la-aretz?
Answer
ב"ה Shalom Even in Eretz Yisrael, there is a dispute whether passionfruit is subject to the laws of Orlah since it yields fruit within one year which then characterizes the passion fruit as a vegetable. Most Ashkenazi poskim are stringent, while the Sephardi poskim are lenient in regard to Orlah in Eretz Yisrael. Therefore, according to the rule in the Shulchan Aruch, that while Orlah in doubt in Eretz Yisrael is forbidden, Orlah in doubt in Chutz La'aretz= outside Eretz Yisrael is permitted ((שולחן ערוך יורה דעה הלכות ערלה סימן רצד סעיף ט), we can be lenient in regard to Orlah in passionfruit in Chutz La'aretz and say it doesn't apply. All the best
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