May 16, 2008
Gogo'im. Otherwise known as "Apricot Seeds".
As we begin making our way through the summer months, we now begin to find all sorts of fruits in the stores that are coming into season. That includes "mishmish", or Apricot.
Kids in Israel love apricots. Not because they love the fruit itself, which they do, but more so because of the pit inside. The apricot pit, known in Hebrew as Gogo, is removed from the apricot by the kids and then recycled into use.
the Gogo is collected by the hundreds and thousands. It is used in games, it is used to barter and to purchase things. We have all heard the stories about the kid who sold his bike to another kid for 10,000 Gogo'im!
So I am in the supermarket yesterday and see they have apricot. So I pack up a bag. Then I notice the sign says these apricots are Otzar Beis Din produce.
That of course means they have kedushas sheviis - holiness of shmitta, and have to be treated appropriately with care.
So that raises a dilemma. Are the kids allowed to play with the Gogo'im, or is that considered to be treating it with disrespect.
I considered the following options:
- They are not holy (because they are not food, rather waste).
- This is not considered disrespectful because this is considered a normal use.
- They are holy and kids cannot play with them.
So, let the games begin!