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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 2 - The 365 Prohibitions of the Tora

192 - EATING ORLAH


Leviticus 19:23 -- “When you come into the land, and have planted all kinds of trees for food, then you shall count their fruit as uncircumcised. Three years it shall be as uncircumcised to you. It shall not be eaten.”

“Idolaters had made it a rule that the first fruit of every fruit tree should be partly offered as a sacrifice and partly consumed in the idol’s temple. It was also a widespread belief that if the first fruit of any tree was not treated in this manner, the tree would dry up… The law, in opposition to this doctrine, commands us to burn the produce of fruit trees the first three years; for some trees bear fruit after one year, while some begin to yield after two, and others after three years… As a rule a young tree in Israel bears fruit for the first time not later than the third year after it has been planted.”*

* Moreh Nebuchim III, 37

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