About the hamacon lemitzvot hatlutot ba’aretz
(The Institute for the Mitzvot of Eretz Yisrael)
The Hamacon Lemitzvot Hatlutot Ba’aretz, was founded in 5754 (1994) and its activities are aimed at introducing the mitzvot that are specific to Eretz Yisrael on a halachic and professional level to all the sectors of the Israeli Jewish public, from preschool children to adults; from a study of the basic fundamentals to the in-depth knowledge required by kashrut supervisors and rabbis who are involved with kashrut issues.
The Hamacon was founded by Rabbi Shneur Z. Revach shlit”a, and was presided over by MR”N the Rishon Letzion HRH”G Rabbi Ovadia Yosef ztz”l.
Shemita cycle, require separation of Terumos and Ma’aseros. Until terumos and ma’aseros are taken, the produce is referred to as tevel, and may not be eaten. Teruma and ma’aser are not separated during the seventh year (shemita) from Jewish grown fruits, since they are hefker (ownerless). However, yevul nachri (produce grown on non-Jewish owned land which includes heter mechira) requires separation of teruma and ma’aser as will be noted. [Note: Rosh Hashanah 5776 (September 2015) began the first year of the shemita cycle.] To transform biblically forbidden tevel into permissible produce there are four separations that are required. Even when one is uncertain if required separations have been made one is required to make the separations: