Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Tu b'Shvat Hegiah Chag ha'Ilanot

A lesson about trees:

Devarim 20:19-20: “When you besiege a city for many days to wage war against it to seize it, do not destroy its trees by swinging an axe against them, for from it you will eat, and you shall not cut it down; is the tree of the field a man that it should enter the siege before you? Only a tree that you know is not a food tree, it you may destroy and cut down, and build a bulwark against the city that makes war with you, until it is conquered.”

I love this law. It’s so easy, when you’re slaughtering people left and right, to forget how to be human. Not that I know from personal experience--but war, it seems, dehumanizes some people and hyper-sensitizes others. This little bit about being careful not to destroy trees that can give you fruit is unbelievable. At least I think so.


Further Reading: Hasidic Gentile wrote something really nice for Tu B'Shvat...I recommend you check it out.

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Blogger elder punk of zion said...

they say one of the nazis (himmler or hitler i forgot) treated his dog in the most humane and respectful manner. as for the jews well...

Tuesday, January 25, 2005 1:00:00 AM  

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Blogger elder punk of zion said...

oh i forgot chag sameach to all the wonderful leaveless trees out there. may the snow quickly give way to more leaves which i will inevitably have to rake down the road.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005 1:01:00 AM  

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Blogger HasidicG said...

Now I've learn't something new about one of my favorite holiday's, I don't know how some people fail to see how humane and beautiful Judaism is. What's more perfect then a religion where people want to make the desert bloom? Thanks for the link :-)

Tuesday, January 25, 2005 12:24:00 PM  

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Blogger BrownsvilleGirl said...

HG,

I know! I definitely agree with you on that one.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005 7:22:00 PM  

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