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Baby Trees

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Topic: Birth of Child and Planting Trees

Les Galler from Auckland, New Zealand wrote:

Dear Rabbi,

Could you please tell me about the ancient practices regarding tree-planting and the birth of a son and a daughter?


Dear Les Galler,

In Talmudic times, when a boy was born they planted a cedar tree; when a girl was born they planted a pine tree. The poles of the wedding canopy were made out of the wood of the trees that were planted at the birth of the bride and groom.

Sources:

  • Talmud Tractate Gittin 57a

 
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