The story of our historical relationship with our natural habitat, with its diverse entities, reveals our ecological and cultural roots, and directs us to seek a renewed balance. While humanity maintains relationships with a wide variety of trees, one of the most important is the oak. The oak tree carries an extraordinary responsibility: it is a central support axis in many ecosystems, the source of raw materials and technologies upon which civilizations were based, and a vital component of the mystical traditions that developed in the areas of its distribution.The importance of oaks is also present in our country's physical and spiritual spaces. In the wild corners of the Mediterranean forest dwell powerful beings, whose roots in the local soil supported the many cultures that developed here. As it returns to the Israeli landscape, the oak brings with it an optimistic view of the forest and its future.By interweaving personal reflection and academic discussion, I will demonstrate the unique role of the oaks in our interaction with the environment and offer a holistic perspective on our relationship with nature. I present a relationship that weaves all life into one web, including humanity, our heritage, and our culture.
|Translated title of the contribution
|The Ubiquitous Tree: The Oak
|Number of pages
|Published - 2023
- IHP publications