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Israeli children plant saplings in the Jerusalem Forest.

Tu B'Shevat: Of Trees
And Jewish Roots

RABBI BERNARD S. RASKAS

Special to The Jewish News

T

u B'Shevat is the

name we use for the
New Year of Trees,
although its translation is
simply 15th of Shevat, the
date when it is believed that
the sap begins to rise in the
fruit trees of Israel.
However, its real name in
Hebrew — Rosh Hashanah
L'ilanot — refers to trees and
planting, an agricultural
festival marking the date
from which to count the age
of a tree. This was used
originally for reasons of the
tithe in Temple times and
also to indicate the matura-
tion of fruit. The New Year
of Trees is mentioned in the
Mishnah as one of the four
New Years.
Trees occupy a central
position in Jewish law and
lore, beginning with a men-
tion in the Bible during the
story of creation. Trees are
also associated with impor-
tant biblical events, such as
Abraham sitting under the
oak of Mamre, and Moses
having a vision of a bush
that is burning and consum-
ed.
It is forbidden to destroy
fruit trees and use them dur-
ing a siege (Deuteronomy
20:19). The rabbis used this
verse to develop the idea of
"ba'al tashchit," meaning
"You shall not destroy." It is
interpreted as a general
principle prohibiting van-
dalism and wanton destruc-
tion of any kind.
Whole sections in the
Talmud deal with the proper

Rabbi Raskas is rabbi
emeritus of the Temple of
Aaron Congregation in St.
Paul and is author of the
trilogy "Heart of Wisdom."

and improper use of trees.
For example, it is forbidden
to plant trees within 25
cubits of a built-up area.
Also, roots are carefully
studied in terms of relation-
ship to soil, when branches
protrude into a neighbor's
land, the value of a tree, etc.
There is a whole series of
blessings centered about
trees to be recited on specific
occasions. When the fruit of
a tree is to be eaten, a bless-
ing must be recited. On
smelling fragrant woods or
barks, there is an ap-
propriate prayer. When one
sees trees first blossoming,
one should say "Blessed is
God who has provided the
world with everything and
made creation that was
good, so that people might
take pleasure."
Indeed, the Torah itself is
called "a tree of life." Leg-
ends, stories and parables
about trees fill volumes of
pages in Jewish literature.
But, perhaps the best known
and most instructive is the
tale of the old man who was
seen planting a carob tree as
the king rode by.
"Old man," the king called
out, "how old are you?
"Seventy years, your maj-
esty," the man replied.
"How many years will it
take before that tree will
bear fruits?" the king asked.
"Perhaps 70 years," the
man replied.
Mockingly, the king con-
tinued: "Do you really ex-
pect to ever eat fruit of that
tree?"
"Of course not," the man
said, "but just as I found
fruit trees when I was born,
so do I plant trees that
future generations may eat
of them."
Contemporary Jews who
understand their roots con-
tinue in this

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