Tu B’Shvat at HaRav Chaim Kanievsky


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On Sunday evening, erev Tu B’Shvat, HaRav Chaim Kanievsky was visited by Rav Binyamin Krishner, who brought the gadol hador a platter of fruits for Rav Chaim to eat.

HaRav Krishner used to bring the platter to the late Posek HaDor Hagaon HaRav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv each year on the eve of Tu B’Shevat. Since Rabbi Elyashiv’s passing, HaRav Krishner has brought the platter to Hagaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky.

As he does each year on erev Tu B’Shvat, Rav Chaim eats some fruit in honor of Chag Ha’Ilanos, as is cited in the teachings of the Magen Avraham who says that it is customary to eat fruit on Tu B’Shevat.

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  1. There is no Tu B’Shvat this year, since it’s a שנת שמיטה and the הלכות of תרומה and מעשר don’t apply…..

  2. Thanks commenter # 1 for that info. It’s a shame you couldn’t inform the Gaon shlita before. It would have spared him more time to learn and become as knowledgeable as you.

  3. Shmita for פירות האילן begins on tu bshvat. Till today the fruit (payros hailan) were chayav trumos umaasros, and the new fruit which sprouts from today is הפקר and patur of trumos and maasros. So of course Tu bshvat is significant during shmita. This is the first day of shmita for payros hailan! Gut Shabbos!