#803: What brachah on seedless fruit?
There are poskim who argue that seedless grapes are not considered part of the gefen species and we should therefore refrain from saying borei pri hagafen on their wine. The responsa of the Ohr Gadol of Minsk (19th century halachic authority) is well-known, where he ruled that the wine in his community should no longer be produced from seedless grapes; he had wide support for this position among his contemporaries.
Some authorities go so far as to argue that if a fruit does not have seeds, it is not a fruit according to halachah. This is based, in part, on the pasuk (verse) in Bereishis, "Oseh pri l'mino asher zaro vo" ([a fruit tree] producing fruit according to its kind in which its seed is found)—to be considered a bona fide fruit, a species must contain seeds. However, there is no real source to support this interpretation as the definitive meaning of the pasuk; the reality is that there are many types of fruit that are seedless.
There are esrogim from Morocco that have no seeds, but they are nonetheless accepted by most poskim to be kosher for arba’as haminim (the Four Kinds [on Sukkos]). Some of the esrogim of that locale do produce visible seeds. In fact, some posit that the “seedless” variety has seeds so insignificant as to be unnoticeable, but they are technically present.
A parallel argument for seedless grapes has been put forth in halachah. There is also scientific support for this phenomenon—esrogim have been tested and the DNA found to be identical in both seeded and seedless varieties; in other studies, genetic mutation has been hypothesized to cause seedless fruit to fail to produce the thick outer layer that defines its seeds, but they are allegedly there.
The halachic majority rules that both seedless and seeded grapes produce wine that is borei pri hagafen. In fact, we find Rishonim who regard seedless grapes as more meshubach (praiseworthy) than their counterparts, referring to a special name given for this variety in the Torah: soreik. (Some might continue to argue that since it’s called soreik it’s not hagafen, but this is not supported in halachah. Soreik is simply a name for a particular strain of the general gefen species.) Indeed, some Rishonim say that the grapes that Noach planted in his vineyard after the Mabul (Flood) were seedless.
In practice, we recite the brochos of borei pri haetz and borei pri hagafen over seedless grapes and their wine, respectively, as has been the custom for many generations.
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|420 Morning Brachos at Home מ״מ
|419 Kiddushin: Not a Laughing Matter
|418 How to Repay a Loan?
|417 Waiting 24 Hours Before Kashering
|416 We Need a Tenth for the Minyan: Are You Bar Mitzvah?
|415 The Mitzvah of Hakhel
|414 If a Pot is Too Heavy to Hold
|413 Payment for Work Done on Shabbos
|412 Yom Kippur: How Often Can I Make a Berachah on Besamim?
|411 Bimah in the Middle of Shul מ״מ
|410 Undershirt Tzitzis
|409 Children in Shul
|408 Broken Chicken Bones or Discoloration
|407 Greeting an Avel
|406 Sleeping on Rosh Hashanah
|405 5776: Shnas Hakhel
|404 A Mistake in the Raffle
|403 Shul Seats from Maaser Money
|402 Checking Placement of Mezuzos
|401 Kavanah During Davening
|400 When May One Pay More Than What They Borrowed?
|399 The Mitzvah of Emulating Hashem
|398 When Forgetting Where You Put Something is Considered Negligence
|397 The Mitzvah of Ahavas Yisroel
|396 Customs for Ground Breaking Ceremony
|395 Toveling Snapple
|394 Money Awarded by a Secular Court when Suing a Jew מ״מ
|393 The Obligation to Report when Witnessing Damages מ״מ
|392 Facing with your Back to the Aron Kodesh מ״מ
|391 Davening at a Distant Shule מ״מ
|390 Klolei Haposkim: General Guidelines in Halachah מ״מ
|389 Is a Minor Permitted to Place the Parshiyos in the Tefillin? מ״מ
|388 Suicide in Halachah
|387 Har Sinai in Shule: Reading the Torah
|386 Get Your Clothing Yourself!
|385 Are Gifts for Sale?
|384 Do I Pay Back the Real or Discount Price?
|383 When Can Holy Items Be Used for Mundane Purposes?
|382 Reciting Tehillim מ״מ
|381 What Does the Mitzvah of Teshuvah Entail? מ״מ
|380 Which Liquids are Acceptable for Netilas Yadayim? מ״מ
|379 Lo Tisgodedu: Conflicting Rulings in One Community מ״מ
|378 What Mikvah is Kosher for Men? מ״מ
|377 Reciting Tefillas Haderech for Others מ״מ
|376 Panim Chadashos and the Minyan for Sheva Brachos מ״מ
|375 Playing Ball in a Park on Shabbos מ״מ
|374 Privacy in the Back Yard מ״מ
|373 Visiting Kivrei Tzadikim מ״מ
|372 Beverages for Kiddush: Order of Priority מ״מ
|371 Helping Childless Couples מ״מ
|370 Father-in-law and Son-In-in Law Sharing Names מ״מ
|369 Can a Non-Jew Light Shabbos Candles for Me? מ״מ
|368 How Much Bread Requires Washing with a Brachah? מ״מ
|367 Kashering a Microwave מ״מ
|366 Laws of Nursing מ״מ
|365 Six Hour Waiting Period for Sharp Foods מ״מ
|364 Tisha B'Av After Chatzos
|363 Exercise on Shabbos
|362 Building the Beis Hamikdash
|361 Microscopic Reality in Halachah
|360 Talking while Eating
|359 Toiveling Electric Dishes
|358 The Early Minchah
|357 Fake Money on Shabbos
|356 Children as Shomrim for Yichud
|355 OCD in Halachah
|354 Changing Diapers in front of Sefarim מ״מ
|353 The Brachah on Sushi
|352 The Rule of Shtei Kedeiros (Two Pots) מ״מ
|351 How to Recite Kabbolas Shabbos מ״מ
|350 Motioning during Davening מ״מ
|349 Supporting Torah vs. Buying a Sefer Torah מ״מ
|348 Kashrus of Battim מ״מ
|347 Payment for a Mohel מ״מ
|346 Behavior on a Fast Day מ״מ
|345 Tosefes Shabbos (Adding to Shabbos): Mentally or Verbally? מ״מ
|344 Zecher L'Churban (Remembering the Destruction of the Beis Hamikdash) when Renovating מ״מ
|343 Interest Accrued in Savings Account over Shabbos מ״מ
|342 The Parameters of Adopting a Chumrah (Stringency) מ״מ
|341 Mesiras Nefesh (Self Sacrifice) Beyond the Law מ״מ
|340 Bar Metzra (The Neighbor's Right) when Purchasing Property from a Non-Jew מ״מ
|339 Potatoes Added to Cholent before Shabbos מ״מ
|338 Accessing the Car Trunk on Shabbos מ״מ
|337 Acceptance and Expulsion Policies in Schools מ״מ
|336 Activities Forbidden Before Davening מ״מ
|335 Kiddush in the Presence of Women's Hair מ״מ
|334 Genizah (Kosher Burial) for Accessories of Seforim (Holy Books) מ״מ
|333 The Mitzvah of Cleaving to Tzadikim מ״מ
|332 Changing Locations when Eating מ״מ
|331 When Wine used at a Chuppah needs to be Replaced מ״מ
|330 Testing Children Who are Unprepared מ״מ
|329 When to Recite Hagomel מ״מ
|328 May Neighbors Object to a Playgroup? מ״מ
|327 Muktzah with a Holy Coin מ״מ
|326 May I call my Son Avremil? מ״מ
|325 Mikvah for Intermarried Women מ״מ
|324 Brachah on the Remaining Tofel (Secondary Food) מ״מ
|323 Drinking in the Shower מ״מ
|322 The Yud Knot of Tefillin מ״מ
|321 Shabbos at a Hotel מ״מ
|320 Pronouncing Hashem's Name when Saying L'shem Yichud מ״מ
|319 Is a Toy'en an Acceptable Profession? מ״מ
|318 When Challah is Separated from Afar מ״מ
|317 Hatoras Nedarim over the Phone מ״מ
|316 Harei At... Under the Chuppah מ״מ
|315 Maftir to Someone Who Has Difficulty Reading מ״מ
|314 Mezuzah: Buying after Renting מ״מ
|313 Cooked by a Mechalel Shabbos מ״מ
|312 Kiddush Levana on a Cloudy Day מ״מ
|311 Sheva Brachos during Seudah Shlishis מ״מ
|310 What to Disclose to a Prospective Shidduch?
|309 Pet Birds in Halachah
|308 Mikvah for Men before Davening
|307 Washing after Blood Tests
|306 Answering Theoretical Questions regarding Financial Disputes
|305 Separating Challah Again and Again
|304 Preference for a Levi מ״מ
|303 Sitting on Tombstones
|302 How to Reach a Conclusion When Poskim Differ?
|301 Order of Priority After Losing your Turn מ״מ
|300 Mezuzah for Home Owned by Jew and Non Jew מ״מ
|299 Havdalah for Women מ״מ
|298 Oneness of Hashem מ״מ
|297 How to Daven on an Airplane? מ״מ
|296 At a Pidyon Haben ceremony (the redemption of a firstborn son), the baby’s father is asked, as per the text in the Siddur, whether he prefers מ״מ
|295 Kissing Kids in Shul מ״מ
|294 Yored: Paying for an Job I Never Asked For מ״מ
|293 Unpleasant Muktzah in the Dining Room מ״מ
|292 Definition of Shok: What needs to be Covered? מ״מ
|291 Pizza without a Kashrus Seal מ״מ
|290 Favors to Lender מ״מ
|289 Bishul Akum with Sardines מ״מ
|288 Kosher Switch or Shabbos App Are the Permissible? מ״מ
|287 Eating before Kiddush
|286 “Baked after Pesach”: Is it Relevant? מ״מ
|285 Not Interrupting Between Mayim Acharonim and Benching מ״מ
|284 Demonstrating Respect for Sefarim מ״מ
|283 Eating the Edge of a Challah מ״מ
|282 Must I let a Kohen go before me on the Line? מ״מ
|281 Attitude to Tzedakah מ״מ
|280 Anticipating the Coming of Moshiach מ״מ
|279 Trying on A Suit not Checked for Shaatnez מ״מ
|278 Parameters of Not Being a Nosheh (Harassing a Borrower) מ״מ
|277 Berachah on New Trees
|276 Shehecheyanu on Grafted Fruits מ״מ
|275 Preparations for a Shabbos Seder
|274 Safeguarding Chometz after the Bedikah
|273 Fast of the Firstborn
|272 Birthday Celebrations מ״מ
|271 Kashering Braces or Dentures
|270 Bedikas Chometz when Traveling for Pesach
|269 Renting Property to Non-Jews
|268 Qualifications for a Shochet
|267 Collecting Tzedakah During Davening
|266 Teacher who Lost Students Computer
|265 Lashon Hara about Oneself מ״מ
|264 Cellphones During Davening מ״מ
|263 Electric Shabbos Candles מ״מ
|262 Selling Olam Haba מ״מ
|261 Standing During Chazoras Hashatz מ״מ
|260 Are Torah MP3's Considered Learning Torah מ״מ
|259 Talking Torah After Nail Cutting מ״מ
|258 Mesirah Regarding Abuse מ״מ
|257 Pi Tikrah - Roofs Extending Out מ״מ
|256 When Negel Vasser Isn't Available מ״מ
|255 Frivolous Contracts with Employees מ״מ
|254 Removing Door that has a Mezuzah מ״מ
|253 Marrying Two Wives מ״מ
|252 Yibbum Vs. Chalitzah מ״מ
|251 Lego on Shabbos מ״מ
|250 Matnos Laevyonim מ״מ
|249 Prenuptial Agreements מ״מ
|248 Using Someones Tefillin מ״מ
|247 Knock Before Entering מ״מ
|246 Building a Mikvah מ״מ
|245 Cursing מ״מ
|244 Feeding Animals First מ״מ
|243 Men Growing Long Hair מ״מ
|242 Safeguarding the Kesubah מ״מ
|241 Interest on a Credit Card מ״מ
|240 How to Choose a Sofer? מ״מ
|239 Covering the Chest מ״מ
|238 Who Deserves Child Custody? מ״מ
|237 Position During Tachanun מ״מ
|236 A Will According to Torah מ״מ
|235 How Much is a Kezayis? מ״מ
|234 Torah in Bathroom or Bath House מ״מ
|233 Snow on Shabbos מ״מ
|232 Negiyah between Relatives מ״מ
|231 Separating Challah at a “Challah Bake” מ״מ
|230 Who Qualifies as Mesader Kiddushin? מ״מ
|229 Food Touched without Negel Vasser מ״מ
|228 When & How Much to Sleep? מ״מ
|227 Raffle on Shabbos מ״מ
|226 Simchas Chasan V'Kallah מ״מ
|225 Fruit Order of Preference מ״מ
|224 Trusting a Mechalel Shabbos
|223 Payment for Canceling Appointments
|222 Behavior During Pregnancy
|221 Who May Say Kaddish Yasom?
|220 Reciting the Shira Daily
|219 Extra Soda Can from the Machine
|218 Shoveling Snow
|217 Davening for Women
|216 Shadchanus Gelt
|215 Baby Wipes on Shabbos
|214 Tznius: Long Loose Hair or Shaitlach מ״מ
|213 Melachah on Rosh Chodesh
|212 Issues with Non-Jewish Cleaning Help
|211 Beriya: a Berachah Acharonah when Eating Less than a Kezayis
|210 How to Choose a Mohel?
|209 Lifnei Iver when Inviting Guests for Shabbos
|208 Learning Halacha Before Anything Else
|207 Talking in the Restroom
|206 Pension for Senior Employees
|205 Disposing of Shaimos which Were Not Used
|204 Disposing of Separated Challah
|203 Using a Child for Tevilas Keilim מ״מ
|202 Coming Early to Shul
|201 Proper Walking
|200 Wedding Expenses from Maaser Money מ״מ
|199 Shecheyanu on New Fruit
|198 Gloves on Shabbos מ״מ
|197 Blessing on Wine During a meal
|196 Preparation for Prayer
|195 Hesach Hadaas when Wearing Tefillin
|194 Wine Touched by Non-Jews
|193 Kiddush Levana Outdoors
|192 Splurging on Wedding Expenses
|191 Opening Cans on Shabbos
|190 Carrying Tefillin Respectfully
|189 Crackers: Hamotzie or Mezonos?
|188 Elokai Neshama when Waking Up Twice
|187 Mikvah at Private Home
|186 Sitting near Someone Praying
|185 When to light Menorah on Friday
|184 Tzitzis when Sleeping
|183 Time of Menorah Lighting
|182 Where to Light the Menorah
|181 Hesach Hadaas from Eating
|180 Non Kosher Pills
|179 Carrying a Child Holding Muktzah
|178 Six Constant Mitzvos
|177 Promising Gifts to a Child
|176 Chazan Who Makes Mistakes
|175 Preparing the Table for Benching
|174 Blessing on Lighting and Thunder מ״מ
|173 Early Maariv
|172 Praying for Rain
|171 Planting Memorial Trees
|170 Language of Tombstones
|169 Dimensions of Rooms for Mezuzah
|168 Beverages Uncovered Overnight מ״מ
|167 Medication on Shabbos
|166 Timing of Blessing on Tallis
|165 Changing to Alternative Medicine
|164 Rewashing During a Meal
|163 Kosher Conversions
|162 Hallel with a Minyan
|161 Clapping Hands on Shabbos
|160 Dough with Non-Sweet Filling
|159 Men Separating Challah
|158 Soaking is like Cooking
|157 When to Remove Tefillin?
|156 Doubts in Davening
|155 How to Comfort Mourners?
|154 Raising a Hand to another
|153 Rebuking One's Spouse
|152 Bal Tashchis of Clothing
|151 If One Errs and Puts on Rabbeinu Tam Tefilin Instead of Rashi…
|150 Answering Omen Y'hei Shemai Rabbah
|149 Tablecloth on Fire - Shabbos
|148 Halachos of a Chupah
|146 Work Given to a Kablan over Shabbos
|145 Hair Covering for Women
|144 Coffee or Tea for Havdalah
|143 The Correct Attitude to Converts
|142 Playing Monopoly
|141 Correct Spelling of Names
|140 Spousal Obligations
|139 Redeeming your Donkey
|138 Cleaning Help on Shabbos
|137 Washing Dishes on Shabbos
|136 Gifts to the Kohen
|135 May We Eat Sandwiches?
|134 Images of Sun & Moon
|133 Mezuzah When Moving
|132 Ashuris Font
|131 Extended Video: Chol Hamoed
|130 Lulav for Children
|129 Visiting Friends in their Sukkah
|128 The First Night of Sukkos
|127 Preparing Food for After Yom Kippur
|125 Kashrus in the Holy Land - Shmitta
|124 Protecting Our Thoughts
|123 Hamelech Hakodosh
|121 Eruv Tavshilin
|120 Debt Cancellation & Pruzbul
|119 Laws of Shofar
|118 When Not to Forgive?
|117 Ripping on Shabbos
|116 Waking Up Parents
|115 Men & Women Interaction at Work
|114 Sanctity of Shemitta Produce
|113 Adding Hot Water to a Cholent
|112 Whistling / Blowing Out Candles מ״מ
|111 Correct Beracha on Mixture of Foods II
|110 Correct Beracha on Mixture of Foods I
|109 Is It OK to Say Thank G-d? מ״מ
|108 Washing for a Meal After Restroom
|107 Kissing the Mezuzah
|106 Who Gets Priority to Lead the Davening at Omud on a Yahrtzeit?
|105 Delivering Not Good News
|104 Shabbos: Tags on Clothing
|103 Brochos—What to Have in Mind II
|102 Brochos—What to Have in Mind I
|101 Kiddush Wine Distribution
|100 Sharing a Mezuzah with a Non-Jew
|99 Reading on Shabbos
|98 A clean cup for Kiddush
|97 Mid night Wake up
|96 Return Policy (Follow Up to #68)
|95 Baking Challah on Erev Shsbbos
|94 Loshon hora
|92 Spilling Wine
|91 Bar and Bas mitzvah
|90 Times for Shacharis II
|89 Times for Shacharis
|88 Having a Dog at Home
|87 Folding Tallis
|85 Shma on time
|81 Going to Court
|80 A Kosher Mikvah
|79 Price inquiries
|78 Milk and Meat for Babies
|77 Mishum Sakono
|75 Gifts on Shabbos
|74 Bishul Goyim
|73 How Foods Combine for Brochos
|72 (70) The Mitzvah of Kiddush II
|71 Kavonos when Saying Hashem’s Name
|70 (69) Buying and Giving Presents during the Nine Days
|69 (72) Bentching in the Home of a Gentile
|68 68 Return Policy - Buying & Returning
|67 Mezuza with a Brocho
|66 Coffee shop - Does a coffee shop need a Hechsher?
|65 Doing his job
|64 Tzedoko 2
|62 Is Yoga Kosher?
|61 Making Enough Brochos?
|60 Pictures of Women
|59 Pidyon Shvuim for a Thief
|58 Is the Fruit Orla?
|57 Burial of Placenta מ״מ
|56 Tuition paid from Maaser money
|55 Can a woman be home alone with a male worker?
|54 Mezonos Part 2 מ״מNo text
|53 Mezonos Part 1 No text
|52 Bargaining No text
|51 Say Bli Neder Before Doing No text
|50 Combing Hair on Shabbos No text
|49 Baking in a Fleishige Oven No text
|48 Collecting Tzedakah vs. Working No text
|47 Heads or Tails: Permissible? No text
|46 Kidush 6-7 No text
|45 Haircuts or Upsherin on Rosh Chodesh No text
|44 Types of Mezonos No text
|43 Brochos No text
|42 Mechitza No text
|41 Washing before eating No text
|40 Tzedoko - How to Pledge Properly?
|39 Tefilin No text
|38 Taxi No text
|37 Hamapil No text
|36 Sick No text
|35 Stain No text
|34 Thoroughfare No text
|33 Sharp food No text
|32 Shehecheyanu No text
|31 Health and Shabbos No text
|30 Separate seating No text
|29 Bais hachayim No text
|28 Kovod for bread No text
|27 Shavuos No text
|26 Keeping what you found No text
|25 Shloishes yemei hagbalah
|23 Hashovas avaidah
|22 Girls in men shull
|21 fruit from Israel
|20 Shabbos candles
|19 Fish and Meat
|16 Benching where you ate
|15 Torah order
|14 Wake up
|13 Lag B'omer
|12 Tvilas Keilim Myth
|9 Pesach Sheni
|8 Can I check my Tzitzis on Shabbos?
|7 Does Halacha let you speed?
|6 Is a Sefer as a Shtender ok?
|5 Can I pay tomorrow?
|4 Must I wait six hours?
|3 Should I call him Shver?
|2 To whom must I give Tzedoko?
|1 Can a Non-Jew do it on Shabbos?