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Home -- Content: Series 7 (Laws) -- Translation: English -- Book: 1 (Tora) -- Part: 2 (Negative) -- Prohibition: 57 -- Text
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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 2 - The 365 Prohibitions of the Tora

57 - DESTROYING FRUIT-TREES DURING A SIEGE


Deuteronomy 20:19 -- “When you besiege a city for a long time, while making war against it to take it, you shall not destroy its trees by wielding an ax against them; if you can eat of them, do not cut them down to use in the siege, for the tree of the field is man's food.”

This negative commandment includes the prohibition obstructing the flow of streams, rivers, etc., in order to cause distress to the inhabitants of a besieged city.*

* Mishneh Torah, Shoftim, Hilchoth Melachim VI, 10

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