Monday, March 28, 2005

Aliyah Quote #22: Lacking Nothing!

"And when you come to the Land, and plant all (kinds of) fruit-trees [kol eitz ma'achal]." (Viyikra 19:23)

These three words, explains the Ba'al ha'Turim, have the same numerical value as 'zehu pilpelin' (this is pepper). Indeed, the Gemara in B'rachos (36b) infers from these very words, that the Pasuk is coming to incorporate in the laws of Orlah, a fruit which tastes like the tree, and that this is a pepper. To demonstrate, the Gemara concludes, that Eretz Yisrael lacks nothing, because even pepper grows there. (Taken from Midei Shabbos BeShabbato)

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