Use this sheet to explore the significance of trees in the Torah and create art around those ideas.
Commentators point out that the person who says these lovely things about the tree and field is only punished if they don't see that their Torah study is connected to the tree. The tree is a creation of The Divine and it is important to see that the nature we are surrounded by is an expression of the torah we learn. If we see nature and Torah as completely separate from each other, we are missing the point!
Do you see Torah and nature as one?
How, or why do they seem disconnected to you?
Design Challenge: How can you illustrate the feeling of disconnection between Torah and nature?
Does this rule of battle surprise you?
In your own words, how would you explain why this rule was made?
Design Challenge: How can you illustrate the unique qualities of a human and the unique qualities of a tree, as similar?
Why do you think the Torah is compared to a tree, as opposed to any other element in nature (why not the sun, moon, grass, or flowers)?
What are ways to hold on to Torah?
What are the qualities of a tree?
Design Challenge: How can we depict torah with the qualities of a tree?
In your own words, how would you explain the act of planting, being an act of caring for the future?
What does planting seeds require of us?
Design challenge: How can we illustrate nature's power to connect generations?