In the shade

Israel is home to a variety of ancient, symbolic and simply magnificent trees.

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December 13, 2012 14:01
JUJUBE AT EIN HATZEVA

Big tree 521. (photo credit: SHMUEL BAR-AM)

 
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‘One day, Honi Hame’agel, a righteous miracle worker, saw an old man planting a carob tree. Knowing that a carob tree takes 70 years to bear fruit and that therefore the old man would not live to see the results of his labor, he asked why he was planting a tree whose fruits he would never enjoy.

‘Carob trees were here when I was born, planted by my father and his father,’ answered the old man. ‘Now I plant trees for the enjoyment of my children and their children’s children’” (Talmud, Ta’anit 23a).

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