Monday, February 6, 2023

Chocolate For Tu Bishvat

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Chocolate For Tu Bishvat

Some Chasidic Rebbes have a Minhag on ט”ו בשבט  to have pineapples decorating the fruit plate (some even eat it) at the Tish. 

There are Poskim who say not to eat any פרי האדמה with the Tu B’Shvat fruits so as not to confuse the Rosh Hashana of פירות האילן with פרי אדמה 

It might be more appropriate to have chocolates 
for Tu B’Shvat.

Many Poskim have difficulty understanding why our Minhag is to make a שהכל on chocolates when it should have been a פרי העץ

Both, Harav Y.S. Elyashiv zt”l & Harav S.Z. Auerbach zt”l held that the appropriate Bracha for chocolate should be פרי העץ   but since the velt makes a שהכל we follow Minhag Haolam and make a שהכל.

They both hold* if a פרי העץ was made on fruits
and chocolates were at the table, then you shouldn't make a שהכל  on the chocolates, being you were Yotzei with the פרי העץ.

The Mekor Habracha (Dayan R. G. Krausz shlita) says that the minhag of the velt is a mistake. 

It came about from the שערי תשובה ר”ב ס”ק י”ט who writes to make a שהכל on שעקלדי (chocolate)

R.G. Krausz says  the שערי תשובה  was referring to chocolate drink and the velt mistakenly assumed 
he meant chocolate (solid)

R.G.Krausz holds to Lekatchila make a פרי העץ on chocolates.

 * Igros Moshe 3:31 seems to argue

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