Planting Eucalyptus Trees in the New Settlements in Nineteenth- to Twentieth-Century Palestine as Reflected in Rabbinic Documents

@article{Shemesh2016PlantingET,
  title={Planting Eucalyptus Trees in the New Settlements in Nineteenth- to Twentieth-Century Palestine as Reflected in Rabbinic Documents},
  author={Abraham Ofir Shemesh},
  journal={Modern Judaism},
  year={2016},
  volume={36},
  pages={83 - 99}
}
  • A. O. Shemesh
  • Published 1 February 2016
  • Environmental Science
  • Modern Judaism
IIn the new Jewish moshavot in Palestine (nineteenth to twentieth centuries), eucalyptus trees were used for the wood industry, to drain swamps, to give shade and block the wind, and to delineate fields in order to prevent trespassing. Rabbis dealt with two issues concerning eucalyptus trees: (A) whether they could be planted during a shmita (sabbatical year when planting is forbidden) in order to drain swamps and eradicate malaria, or to delineate lands owned by Jewish pioneers and thus… 

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