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by Rabbi Geoffrey W. Dennis
The trees that grow in the Garden of Eden have healing powers. The leaves give off a heavenly scent. Rabbah ben Abuha, who collected such leaves in his gown, was later able to sell the gown for a fortune (B.M. 114a-b). The leaves of Edenic trees can be ground up and eaten for their healing properties. Solomon planted a variety of trees on the grounds of the Temple. They produced a variety of fruits for those who visited the Temple, but when gentile armies entered the Temple, the trees withered instantly and will not be restored until the Messianic age (Yoma 38a; Sanh. 100a).

Article copyright 2004 Geoffrey Dennis.

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