And out of the ground made Hashem God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
According to the simple meaning of the text in Genesis, God created a lovely garden in Eden for the purpose of beautifying the land for humanity, as well as to provide sustenance and nourishment. Placed in the middle of the Garden is what God called the “Tree of Life“. Throughout history, Jewish scholars have interpreted these words to directly apply to the Torah, the Hebrew Bible. In the way a tree can sustain a person’s physical life, by providing food, shade or wood, how much more so can God’s Torah, which is the source of the richest spiritual nourishment for the soul. For this reason, trees are not only a valuable asset to the Holy Land, giving a means of livelihood through its entire being, but a truly cherished symbol of the Torah as the single most precious commodity since the beginning of time. With the New Year under way, adding trees to Israel’s landscape is a way of saying “I am devoting my life to God’s Torah.”
Though Fall has only just begun, you can already witness the Holy Land’s trees changing to the beautiful colors of Autumn. Do you know where in Jerusalem these trees are growing? Send us an email or post your answer onFacebook!
Good morning, Thank you very much for your email. I just join in yesterday because I want to connect myself to Israel. I BELIEVE, ISRAEL is the clock of the world and I enjoy reading bible verse and the news. I always pray for ISRAEL. I LOVE ISRAEL . My name is Alisi Takayawa Kasami from the FIJI ISLAND in the South Pacific. Thank You, Alisi Kasami