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Bal Tashchit and the Environment (Mitzvah 529)
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What is the deeper/philosophical understanding of the prohibition of בל תשחית (not wasting)? The prohibition of bal tashchit is presented in the context of cutting down a fruit tree. Three areas of environmental law in halacha: pollution control, allocation of space, and nature conservation. Each concept shows how Judaism differs from the modern environmental movement. […]