Health, Nutrition & Torah: Shoftim

| August 11, 2010

The Text:

Deut. 20:19-20 When you shall besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it, you shall not destroy its trees by forcing an ax against them; for you may eat of them, and you shall not cut them down.  For is the tree of the field a man that it should besieged by you.  Only the trees which you know are not trees for food, you shall destroy and cut them down, and you shall build siege works against the city that makes war with you, until it is subdued.

The Context:

This Torah portion describes the judges and officials who will carry out the system of justice within society.  Regulations for choosing a king or leader are specified.  A description of a true prophet and a false prophet are described.  There is also mention of the cities of refuge and the regulations to be followed in times of war.

What it Means for Advocates:

When was the last time you took the time to pick your own fruit?  Got to a nearby orchard or farm and pick your own.  Donate half to the local food bank and keep the rest for yourself and your own consumption.

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