Planting a memorial tree in Israel to honor the memory of a loved one is a most appropriate way to offer your sympathy and love. It is a living memorial through which the spirit of your loved one lives on. Planting a memorial tree in Israel is the traditional and special way to honor the life of your loved one. Trees are planted in Israel for all occasions and holidays as well. During all life-cycle events, but particularly when someone has experienced the loss of a loved one and throughout the mourning process, planting a tree is a special and appropriate way to show honor and love, and to convey your sympathy and support. When you plant trees in Israel, you are giving back life to the earth; creating a living memorial in honor of those you love.
PLANT A MATCHING PAIR OF TREES IN ISRAEL TO CELEBRATE WEDDINGS AND ANNIVERSARIES Honor the new couple as they begin their life journey together. The most meaningful wedding gift you can give is to plant a Matching Pair of Trees in the Holy Land of Israel. As they grow in their marriage, and in their faith, strength, and hope, their pair of trees will grow tall and strong in the Holy Land.
PLANT A TREE TO HONOR THE BIRTH OF A NEW BABY Celebrate new life with a birth tree planted in Israel that will grow and spread it roots; a lasting symbol of faith, strength, and growth. To see our children grow and blossom is our most profound hope and dream. With each year, the roots of our children grow strong, just as the roots of their tree in Israel deepen and spread. As our children grow through the years, learning and exploring, so too will their tree in Israel grow taller and stronger, sending out seeds on the wind to continue the legacy.
THE DREAM TO SEE OUR CHILDREN GROW AND BLOSSOM began this beautiful birth custom long ago. During the rabbinic period according to the Talmud when a boy was born, it was customary to plant a cedar tree. When a girl was born, a pine tree was planted. When they married, branches from each tree were woven together to form their wedding canopy. (Babylonian Talmud Tractate Gittin 57a)
ABRAHAM PLANTED TAMARISK TREES at Be’er Sheva in Israel to honor the birth of his son, Isaac; to show gratitude to God for the blessing of his son’s birth. In Be’er Sheva, Abraham and Sarah gave birth to the son that God had promised, they had peace with their neighbors, and they had wells for water to survive in the dessert. BE'ER SHEVA IS THE ONLY PLACE WHERE THE BIBLE RECORDS ABRAHAM PLANTING TREES.
TODAY, THERE IS STILL AN ANCIENT WELL LOCATED AT THIS SITE CALLED ABRAHAM'S WELL, AND TAMARISK TREES STILL GROW THERE. When you are in Israel, you can visit the Heritage site of Abraham’s Well International Visitors Center in Be’er Sheva. See Abraham’s Well in the International Visitors Center.
BE'ER SHEVA IS A CITY OF HOSPITALITY AND PEACE IN THE TRADITION OF ABRAHAM. Today, it is the largest city in Israel. Within the past decade, the Jewish National Fund has created a $5.5 million dollar world-class Visitors Center at the ancient site of Abraham’s Well. Here, pilgrims and visitors walk back through time, march with a wandering desert caravan to the Promised Land, watch an impressive visual exhibit that portrays significant highlights of Abraham’s life, and see the ancient well.
THERE, YOU STAND UNDER THE SHADE OF TAMARISK TREES, SUCH AS THOSE ABRAHAM PLANTED, view the ancient well, and experience the journey in the footsteps of Abraham. Read more in the New York Times article, "In Israel, a History of Abraham."
WHEN YOU PLANT TREES IN ISRAEL IN MEMORY, OR IN CELEBRATION, YOU CONTRIBUTE TO OUR MISSION AND VISION OF REFORESTING THE HOLY LAND AND MAKING IT BLOOM, THROUGH OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE Jewish National Fund.
TO MORE FULLY EXPLORE THE STORY OF ABRAHAM PLANTING TAMARISK TREES TO HONOR THE BIRTH OF ISAAC, in Parshah Bereishit, around 2091 B.C.E, God directed Abraham to leave Haran and travel to Canaan. God told Abraham that in Canaan, the Promised Land, He would make Abraham the father of a great nation (Genesis chapters 12 – 17). When Abraham left Haran he was about 75 years old. He traveled with his wife, Sarah and his nephew, Lot. After entering Canaan, Abraham pitched his tents between Bethel (on the west) and Ai (on the east). With the exception of a brief time in Egypt, Abraham lived in this region for the next 14 – 15 years.
WHEN ABRAHAM WAS 99 YEARS OLD, HE HAD A VISIT FROM THREE ANGELS (Genesis chapter 18). The angels announced that Sarah would give birth to Abraham’s son, and that they planned to destroy Sodom for the depraved sinfulness of its people. Shortly after Sodom’s destruction, Abraham left the Bethel-Ai region and traveled south into the Negev Desert (Genesis chapter 20). He spent a short time near the city of Gerar (western Negev) where he met Abimelech, king of Gerar. After Abimelech caught Abraham in a misrepresentation, Abraham left Gerar traveling further south into the Negev and after some days journey, Abraham and Sarah arrived in the Be’er Sheva region and made camp.
IT WAS IN THIS REGION OF BE'ER SHEVA WHERE ABRAHAM AND SARAH'S SON, ISAAC, WAS BORN (around the year 2066 B.C.E.), when Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 years old.
IN THE TREATY AT BE'ER SHEVA STORY, ABRAHAM PLANTS TAMARISK TREES. The story begins with Abimelech, King of Gerar, and his military commander’s arrival at Abraham’s campsite. The purpose of Abimelech’s visit was to elicit an oath from Abraham that he would not “deal falsely,” but with kindness (friendship) toward Abimelech and his descendants. Willingly, Abraham gave Abimelech his oath. Then Abraham complained to Abimelech about a well that Abraham’s men dug and that Abimelech’s servants had seized. Abimelech expressed surprise, as he did not know his servants had seized the well. (Genesis 21:27)
BECAUSE ABRAHAM DUG THE WELL, AND TO ENSURE HIS LEGAL CLAIM TO IT, he gave to Abimelech seven ewe lambs in return for Abimelech’s oath that the well belonged to Abraham. The site became known as Be’er Sheva, “the well of the seven oaths”. After Abimelech swore witness that this well belonged to Abraham, he returned to Gerar.
GOD'S PROMISES TO ABRAHAM WERE BEING FULFILLED, AND THEIR SON ISAAC WAS BORN. ABRAHAM PLANTED A TAMARISK, or a grove of tamarisk trees, at Beersheva. And Abraham called on El Olam God the Eternal; forever and everlasting God. The Bible recorded that Abraham stayed in the area a “long time”. (Genesis 21:34)
ABRAHAM IS THE PATRIARCH, THE FATHER OF THE WORLD'S THREE GREAT MONOTHEISTIC RELIGIONS. JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY, AND ISLAM ALIKE REVERE HIM as the first to proclaim the belief in one God. Abraham’s story and the values to which it gave rise continue to play a central role in the lives of countless people of faith around the world.
IT WAS IN BE'ER SHEVA, WHERE THE WANDERINGS OF OUR PATRIARCH ABRAHAM REACHED AN END, and it was here that he established his foothold in the land of Israel. Here our forefathers first settled in the ancient land of Israel; WHERE ABRAHAM PLANTED TAMARISK TREES IN ISRAEL TO HONOR THE BIRTH OF HIS SON.
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