Forest Issues and Jewish Values

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Forest Issues and Jewish Values

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Ready-Made Resources, Tu b'Shevat, Education and Trees

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

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1961

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Forest Issues and Jewish Values

Exceprt: Similarly, Jewish tradition teaches us that human domain over nature does not include a license to abuse the environment. The Talmudic concept bal tashchit, “do not destroy,” was developed by the rabbis into a universal doctrine that dramatically asserted God’s ownership of the land. This concept came about in a commandment to preserve the foliage of city even during a war, "When in your war against a city you have to besiege it a long time in order to capture it, you must not destroy its trees, wielding the ax against them. You may eat of them, but you must not cut them down. Are trees of the field human to withdraw before you under siege? Only trees that you know to not yield food may be destroyed; you may cut them down for constructing siege works against the city that is waging war on you, until it has been destroyed. (Deut. 20:19-20)”

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