Argentinean Federal Judge Plants a Tree in Jerusalem Forest.
(photo credit: KKL)
Argentinean Federal Judge Plants a Tree in Jerusalem Forest
"Planting a tree in Israel is a symbol of life and of possibilities," said Argentina Federal Judge Dr. Sergio Torres, after planting a sapling at the Yad Kennedy VIP planting center in the Jerusalem Forest. He said he was very emotionally touched by the experience of planting a tree in a land he has learned about since he was a child, and not only because of the strong spiritual roots he feels with the country.
“It is a very strong symbol of life, a symbol of green, a symbol that life has opportunities and paths are opened, so that even in an arid land, it is possible with hard work, good will and dedication to build a forest as beautiful as the forest we have here in front of us,” he said. “It is really a very emotional visit for me with a lot of sensory experiences, like planting this tree.”
Dr. Torres is on a week-long visit to Israel at the invitation of KKL-JNF Argentina and the Hebrew University. The judge's visit is being conducted via the Delegacion de Asociaciones Isralitas Argentinas (DAIA) - the political umbrella group for Jewish associations in Argentina. Accompanying Torres are the DAIA secretary general Dr. Jorge Knoblovits, and DAIA legal secretary Dr. Santiago Kaplun.
Torres recited the Planter's Prayer in Spanish before planting a sapling. “The mere symbolic act of planting a tree and taking a small part in the reforestation is something very moving and will stay with me for a long time,” he said.