The Temple, Beauty and Natural Preservation

Today’s daf yomi (Tamid 28-29) discussed the type of wood used to burn the sacrifices on the alter. The fruit bearing trees, such as olive trees, are prohibited. The best answer given for the prohibition is that cutting down such trees would denude or reduce the beauty of eretz yisrael. Is any futher proof needed that natural beauty, the health of the land and a sense of the aesthetic should be always on the mind of a Jew.

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