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The New Wheat Crop



We now consider the question of whether or not we may eat of the new wheat crop before the offering of the two loaves of bread [See Shavu`ot]. The most probable answer is that we may not, on the analogy of the new barley crop. Just as we are not permitted to eat bread, parched grain, or green ears from the new barley crop before the offering of the sheaf [See Counting of the 'Omer], so also is it forbidden to us to eat anything of the new wheat crop before the offering of the two loaves of bread. However, this analogy does not apply to beans, lentils or peas, since the prohibition is applicable only to crops similar to that from which the offering is made up, otherwise, the offering would have included these other crops also. This prohibition applies with equal force to us in exile, as well as to those who lived at the time of the Jewish kingdom, and there is no difference between us and them in this respect.