The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 2 - The 365 Prohibitions of the Tora
13 - PLANTING TREES WITHIN THE SANCTUARY
This prohibition forbids planting trees within the sanctuary* or beside the altar for purposes of adornment and beautification, even for the worship of the Lord.
This prohibition served as the basis for an important rule in connection with the building of the Temple. Thus: “It is forbidden to erect wooden colonnades within the Temple, like those in courtyards, although they are built structures and not planted trees.” The prohibition is an “extreme precaution” (i.e. a very rigorous application) of the commandment under consideration. Hence, “all the colonnades and cornices projecting from the Temple walls were of stone and not of wood.”*