Browse Zemanim: Shabouot: Decorating with leaves and branches
There are three reasons why we decorate our kines and homes with greenery on
1. Is traditional to decorate our synagogues and homes with greenery
and fragrant flowers as a reminder that the giving of the Torah took place on a
mountain full of greenery.
2. Moshe was born on the seventh of Adar and was
hidden by his mother for three months, until, on the sixth of Sivan, she placed
him in a basket among the river reeds (Shemoth 2:2-3). We therefore place reeds
and other greenery in our homes and synagogues to commemorate the miracle performed
for Moshe Rabbenu.
3. Bnei Yissaschar explains that the source for the custom
is a midrash (Vayikra Rabbah, parashat Ahareh Moth) which relates the following
parable: To what can this be compared? A king had a garden which had become overgrown
with thorns. The king brought gardeners to cut down the garden, but then he saw
a single rose blooming. He said: "For the sake of this rose, let the whole garden
be saved!" Similarly, God declares: "In the merit of the Torah, the entire world
shall be saved.