Let My People Know

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “I planted two cypress trees.”

In my garden, years ago, I planted two cypress trees.

One was stolen, and the other was a small cypress whose head was shorn off.

I simply had mercy on it.

I took its head and taped it to the still-fresh trunk.

I didn’t do anything else.

I let it grow, I hoped the fissure would heal.

Today, that cypress is almost three meters tall, a mighty tree!

That’s what I would have wanted to have done, to plant a small cypress, even one that was chopped, that will grow into a large tree.”

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz