Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Mitzvah #204 - Eat and work?

It's a Mitzva for the farmer to allow his workers to eat from the fruit they are picking.

This applies to any work being done on produce, fruit and vegetables that have not been picked yet.

The worker may eat from the tree or from the fruit he already picked - as long as it hasn't been processed to the point where one would need to separate Trumot and Maasrot.

A watchman may not eat from the fruit he is guarding, as his job does not directly involve the fruit on the tree.

Applies to everybody, everywhere, always

Verse: "When coming into your friends' vineyard, you may eat..." (Devarim 23:25-26)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Positive Mitzvah 65

- Danny
Wednesday, 24 Av 5770

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