(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
“Planting a tree is creating life,” said the Italian Ambassador to Israel at the pomegranate tree planting ceremony in his home, which was attended by KKL-JNF senior personnel. “This tree is young, but it is already taller than me,” said Ambassador Francesco Maria Talo. “When I leave Israel in a few years, this tree will remain and will keep on growing.”
The tree was planted as a symbol of brotherhood, peace and friendship between Italy and the State of Israel. The idea of planting it came about a little over a year ago, when Ambassador Talo met with the Jewish community of Italy and with Silvio Tedeschi, KKL-JNF President in Milan. It was then agreed that when Talo began his term in Israel, the ceremony would take place, and the pomegranate tree would be planted.
“In the Jewish tradition, planting a tree is the most significant symbol of true friendship,” said KKL-JNF Chairman Efi Stenzler at the ceremony. He also said that the pomegranate represents beauty as well as values and morality. “On the Jewish New Year we make a blessing that our merits should be as numerous as the seeds of the pomegranate,” said Stenzler.
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