Term Definition
Bal Tashchit

(Hebrew: בל תשחית) ("do not destroy") is a basic ethical principle in Jewish law.

The principle is rooted in the Biblical law of Deuteronomy 20:19–20. In the Bible, the command is said in the context of wartime and forbids the cutting down of fruit trees in order to assist in a siege.


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A precept or commandment.
A good deed done from religious duty.


This is the traditional purification before the body is buried, it is washed in a ritual act of purification.