Trees are everywhere in Judaism. From the very first chapters of the Torah where we encounter trees in the Garden of Eden, to the biblical injunction of bal tashchit (do not destroy) to the tree planting work of the Jewish National Fund and the resurgence of the holiday of Tu B’Shevat, trees are a centerpiece of Jewish culture and ritual.

To make sense of the richness of Jewish engagement with trees, the Contemporary Jewish Museum worked with our studio to create this graphic “map” that is a guide through the various Jewish laws, commentary, traditions, and concepts related to the tree.

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Installation view: Dov Abramson and Tal Hovav, Seeing the Forest through the Trees: Trees and Jewish Thought, 2012. Graphic installation. 5 x 74 ft. overall. Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish ThoughtAn Exhibition and The Dorothy Saxe Invitational, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, February 16–September 9, 2012. Courtesy of the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Photo: Johnna Arnold.