Jerusalem - Obama Plants Tree At Peres' Residence Refering To Choni HaMa'agal And The Carob Tree
Jerusalem - President Barack Obama arrived at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem on Wednesday for a ceremony in which President Shimon Peres officially welcomed him to Israel.
Obama signed Peres’s guest book, after which Israeli children sang him the song ‘Tomorrow’ from the musical Annie.
Obama said the two met at Peres’ presidential home and talked about the Arab Spring, Iran and the peace process.
They opened their meeting with a planting ceremony. Obama brought Peres a magnolia tree from the White House garden.
“This is the work of generations,” Obama said about peace. He framed that quote with a story from the Talmud about Honi and the carob tree. The tree yields carobs 70 years after it’s planted. So what’s the point of planting one, if you may never eat its fruits, Honi asks a man. The man tells him that when he came into the world, his father and grandfathers had planted carob trees for him to enjoy.
The man said he was planting carob trees for his children and grandchildren.
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