Parable About A Traveller And The Tree

Jewish Tales and Art - Paul Chong

A man was traveling through the desert, hungry, thirsty and tired, when he came upon a tree bearing luscious fruit and affording plenty of shade, underneath which ran a spring of water. He at of the fruit, drank of the water and rested beneath the shade.

Tree Painting by Paul Chong

When he was about the leave, he turned to the tree and said: “Tree, O tree, with what should I bless you?

“Should I bless you that your fruit be sweet? Your fruit is already sweet.

“Should I bless you that your shade be plentiful? Your shade is plentiful.

That a spring of water should run beneath you? A spring of water runs beneath you.

“There is one thing with which I can bless you: May it be God’s will that all the trees planted from your seeds should be like you…”


Reference:

Taken from the Talmud, Taanit 5B 


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